9. Active Play

Active Play MovementCreating fun and safe environments for children to participate in active play will help them understand that physical activity can be fun. 

Children need equipment and activities that give them opportunities to practise and extend their skills. A great game to play with young children is balloon tennis. All you need is a blown up balloon, wool or string to hang it, and a magazine. Roll up the magazine into a tube and tape it to make a bat. Hold the balloon by the wool tie, and encourage your child to hit the balloon or if you have a hook in the ceiling tie the balloon to that.

If doing this activity outside, suspend the balloon from a tree branch. Always ensure the play space is safe and supportive of your child’s development.


As they play children will develop increasing agility, coorindation and balance. Balloon tennis is also a great release for pent up energy!

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