How to Play Volleyballoon

Three Parts:Preparing the court and balloonAssembling the TeamPlaying Volley-Balloon

Volley-balloon is a variation on volleyball in which the "ball" is a balloon. Played with 1-5 people on each team, you also play on your knees! Kids love this game because it's fun and no doubt a few adults will find it fun too.

Part 1
Preparing the court and balloon

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    Find an open space indoors. For example, the living room or a playroom. Choose an area with a soft floor such as carpet or rug, as everyone will be on their knees.
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    Mark out a court space and make a division on the court space. In this example, the rug serves as the court area. There is no net required, but have a line dividing the teams.
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    Purchase a balloon full of helium. This is the "ball".
    • It is a good idea to have some spare balloons too, in case the one in play pops.

Part 2
Assembling the Team

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    Get 1-5 people per team. Decide which team is going to serve first.
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    Ask everyone to take their spots, ready to play. They must be on their knees.

Part 3
Playing Volley-Balloon

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    Serve. After the balloon is served, pass the balloon back and forth using your hands either setting or bumping until the balloon falls to the ground or goes out of bounds.
    • Whatever team's side it fell on, the other team gets a point.
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    • If it goes out of bounds, the team that touched it last doesn't get the point or the next serve. The other team does.
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    Play three sets. The first and second set are 25 points. Whoever gets to 25 points that team wins the set. If each team has won one set, play a third set worth 15 points. You don't have to win by 2 points as in real volleyball though.
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    Play it at sleepovers and birthday parties. You could even organize regular games at regular meet-ups in each other's houses.

Tips

  • Make sure the balloon is filled with helium. It needs this for the best lift.
  • You can shorten the set's points if you want to play a shorter game.
  • Have a dividing line, and an out-of-bounds line. The out-of-bounds line could be the edges of a rug, or mark out an area using masking tape, which won't harm the carpet or floor when lifted off again.

Things You'll Need

  • A scarf, rope, or yarn or some other kind of a divider
  • A helium filled balloon (plus spares)
  • Teams

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Categories: Individual Sports | Party Games for Kids