Balloon tennis

Balloon tennis

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Carla 12th Jul 2022 Former Lifestyle Officer / Coordinator
Our residents really loved to play and participate. They really engage with the activity and with each other.

Staff gather 6 or 8 residents and arrange them into a round group or front to front. If you have a net to place between them that is really fun and residents feel that they can still do a sport (indoor).

Residents must be seated while playing this sport or activity and staff must supervise and assist them. 

What you need:
6 or 8 Rackets - $10 From KMart
1 or 2 Party Balloons
Donna 23rd Jul 2021 Diversional Therapist
Balloon Tennis is very popular. We use fly swats as our bats and have a volley ball net. I love seeing the determination on the residents faces trying to hit the balloon over the net.
Colleen 11th Aug 2017 Diversional Therapist
We play this quite often, definitely a favourite in our facility. We use table tennis bats and usually yellow balloons as our sight impaired see them easier.
Solange 28th Jun 2017 Diversional Therapist
Hi Susan, I am glad it worked for you. This game is very popular, even when residents cannot participate for some reason, you notice how they follow the balloons with their eyes with a delightful expression on their faces. Cheers.
Susan 28th Jun 2017 Activities Co-ordinator
Average age in the room well over 90, 2 virtually blind residents and half had dementia and we all had a ball! we had a great time with our fly swats and balloons such a cheap easy activity. I was very sceptical that all would be able to participate but every one thoroughly enjoyed it.
Wendy 30th May 2017 Lifestyle Co Ordinator
We cut our pool noodles into three so it was easier for our residents to manage. They loved hitting the balloons and there was plenty of laughter.
Talita 5th Jun 2017
Yes, so much fun! Thanks for your feedback Wendy.
Jill 30th May 2017 Activities Director
We played balloon volleyball and it was a hoot! One resident participated for the first time and loved it. To save myself from having to go chase balloons around on the floor, I tied a ribbon to the balloon and taped the ribbon on the middle of the table so it couldn't fall on the floor. High five for this activity!
Solange 30th May 2017 Diversional Therapist
Hooray, for your creativity Jill! Thak you for sharing. Cheers.
Janaya 28th May 2017 OTA
To further spice up this motor activity. I tossed three balloons, at varying intervals, and all of the same colour, into the circle. Any balloon within reach was "fair game" the result was hilarious laughter and controlled 'chaos' - with balloons shooting everywhere.
At first, I threw in balloons of all different colours, but found our dementia patients could only focus on and track one coloured balloon.
Tossing in one then.. two, then... three of the same colour,
solved the problem fantastically.
Solange 30th May 2017 Diversional Therapist
Well observed Janaya, well done! Cheers.
Sancha 23rd May 2017 Personal Carer
Played this recently with my Dementia Residents round the table (8) and they all had such a fun time will definitely do it again. Lots of laughs from both the nurses and Residents playing and watching. Thanks for the ideas. Love Golden Carers. Cheers!
Talita 27th May 2017
Thanks so much for your feedback Sancha! And thanks Janaya for sharing this activity.
Talita 22nd May 2017
Yes, balloon games are always popular, thanks for sharing Janaya!