Looking for a fun way to get the family together and up off the couch? Try badminton! Badminton is a fun, versatile sport that really only requires a badminton racket. Buy rackets for the whole family and enjoy many different games and variations on traditional badminton, any time of the year.
Indoor badminton, anyone? Just because the weather is bad doesn't mean you can't play badminton. Try a fresh spin on this old game by trying your hand at balloon-badminton. All you need is a racket for each player, an inflated balloon (or two), and a little space.
Kids love balloon badminton inside during the off-season or in the swimming pool on a hot day:
- Create a net by tying a string across the room, either attached to two chairs or on either side of your swimming pool, depending on where you choose to play.
- Take turns serving, alternating between teams.
- Tossing the balloon in the air, each player attempts to swat it across the "net" to the other team.
- If the balloon hits the floor, or water, the opposing team gets a point. Play until one team or player reaches ten points to win the game.
Tick-tock, around the clock. This is a great game for a group of children to practice their game, and everyone gets a turn to stand in the middle of the "clock". The child in the center tosses the shuttlecock to each player standing around him or her in a wide circle with rackets; make sure there is ample room so that nobody gets hit with a racket! Working around the circle, each child will hit the shuttlecock back to the person in the center until each child has had a turn; switch to a new child in the center and repeat the clock-wise rotation.
Badminton dates back to the late 1800s in the United States, becoming a popular pastime in the 1930s enjoyed by players of all ages and skill levels. Badminton is a great activity to get family members off the couch any time of the year; from water badminton in the heat of summer to an indoor game of balloon badminton during chilly weather, this is a game that requires little equipment yet yields great fun! Invest in badminton rackets or sets that include shuttlecocks and nets and ensure summer fun for the whole family, Go ahead and let the games begin!