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Hit the Ball

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Follow the instructions for a bean bag throwing game. Can your child hit the ping-pong ball off the stick?


  • Hammer or large bucket of sand
  • Broomstick with a flat end
  • Chalk, a stick, or a rope
  • Ping-Pong ball
  • Five beanbags or sponges


  1. Hammer one end of a broomstick into the ground or set the broomstick upright in a large bucket of sand. Make sure the flat end of the broomstick is pointing up.
  2. If you're playing on pavement, use chalk to draw a circle three feet in diameter around the broomstick. If you're playing on dirt, use a stick to draw the circle; if you're playing on grass, mark the circle with a rope.
  3. Balance a Ping-Pong ball on the end of the broomstick.
  4. One at a time, each child stands five feet from the broomstick and tries to knock the Ping-Pong ball off the broomstick by throwing the beanbags or sponges at it. If the ball falls within the circle, the player scores one point.
  5. If the ball falls outside the circle, the player scores two points. The child with the highest score after five throws wins. If one child is playing alone, he can test his skill by trying to attain a perfect score of ten points after five throws.