Kids' Activity: Sock Basketball!

by Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder

lots of crazy socksWe've often pondered where all those sock mates run off to. While you are waiting patiently for them to return here is something fun to do with those left behind! This game is perfect for all ages and can be adjusted by skill level to allow for several to play together at the same time (a must in our homes)! Young children are thrilled at their ability to "score!"

The Object of the Game

See who can "score" the most points! Obviously, have small children closer to the basket -- older children and adults can shoot from across the room! See who is first to reach 10 points.

Materials needed

• Waste basket or laundry basket (even an old box can be used!)
• Rolled up socks to form the "ball" for each player.
*Note: You can use two if you are lucky enough to find them! Tube socks are a personal favorite choice.

Variations

• Most consecutive shots in a row
• Similar skill levels can play "H-O-R-S-E" (see note below)
• Play against yourself -- have the child practice to see if they can improve their personal best.
• Encourage them to move further away from the "basket" each time.

H-O-R-S-E is played on the normal basketball court with players taking turn making shots from the same spot. Choose one player to go first. He picks where to try to make the basket from. If he makes it, then the second player also has to shoot from that same spot. If the second player misses, then he receives a letter (First H, then O, and so on). If the second player makes it, then they then get to choose where to shoot from. Play continues until someone has spelled "HORSE" and then the other person is declared the winner. This game can be played with two or more players.

Julie Snyder is a mom of six, interested in kids, pregnancy, birth, people and lives in the outlying Seattle area. Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!

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