The best-selling Smart Ball features lights and sounds, making it the world’s coolest football. Looking for some brilliant new game ideas to get the most out of your ball? From high-energy outdoor challenges to quiet indoor activities, here’s our ultimate list of the best football games you can play with Smart Ball!
Top Smart Ball Games:
1. Keepy-Uppy Competition
This is the most obvious Smart Ball game — after all, the ball has a built-in speaker to count your score aloud! And best of all, this game doesn’t require much space, so it’s perfect if your garden is small!
Challenge your friends and family to see who can keep the ball in the air the longest. Take turns, and watch in awe. The person with the highest score at the end is the winner! Smart Ball also works wonderfully for solo challenges — keep improving to beat your personal best.
2. Guard the Ball
In this fun twist on the classic game ‘kick the can’, the goal is to kick the Smart Ball, which has been placed in the middle of the garden. That sounds simple enough, but complicating matters is the one player who must be the ‘guard’. Their job is to try and tag anyone who’s approaching the ball. If the guard tags everyone before anyone can kick the ball, they’re the winner. But if someone out-smarts the guard and kicks the ball, they’re the winner — and they get to be the guard in the next round.
3. Indoor Bowling
You’ll need to raid your recycling bin for this one! Grab some plastic juice or squash bottles, clean them out and repurpose them as pins — for an extra challenge, you can weigh them down by filling the bottoms with sand or dried beans. Next, put down some painters’ tape, or even just yarn or string, to mark out the ten-pin bowling lane. Now, step up and roll the Smart Ball — remember: no throwing, the ball must touch the floor! Keep score on a dry-erase board or sheet of card and see who’s the winner after ten fun-filled rounds.
Test your children’s P.E. and maths skills with this fast-paced, outdoor game! First, have everyone stand in a circle, with one person in the middle, holding Smart Ball. As the thrower tosses the ball up into the air, he or she must call out a number between 50 and 500. Whoever catches the ball will get those points. But if a person goes for the ball and fails to catch it, they’ll lose that many points. The first player to reach 500 points is the winner!
5. The Jungle
This game is best for big gardens or a park. Set up an agility course with cones or anything similar you have laying around — these objects will be your ‘trees’ in the jungle. Each player must take a turn, dribbling Smart Ball through the course and around the cones. If the ball touches a ‘tree’, the player is out! Start the course over again or give the ball to the next player for their turn. A fun way to burn off some energy and practice balance and control!
6. Throw, Catch, Say
Not all ball games have to be physical — and you can easily do this one indoors or outdoors. Sit in a circle and have one person start by throwing or rolling Smart Ball to another person and calling out a category — for example, colours, animals or countries. The person who catches the ball must say a word in that category. Once they’ve done so, they can throw the ball to the next person and call out a new category — for instance, words that start with M. The catcher must say a word that starts with M, and so on.
For younger kids, you could stick with a single category for longer, exhausting their knowledge before moving on to the next category.
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