Fun Volleyball Games for Kids

Beach volleyball net on Boracay - Philippines
Volleyball and net on beach (Image: wallix/iStock/Getty Images)

You can encourage a healthy lifestyle with fun volleyball games that children can play in physical education classes, on the playground or in your own backyard. Adapt the game to fit the skill levels of younger children or just make the game into a fun non-competitive activity to encourage physical fitness.

Blanket Volleyball

This game will help your young volleyball player learn how to work within a team. Separate children into teams of four and give each team a blanket. Place two teams on opposite sides of the volleyball net, holding the blanket with one player at each corner of the blanket. Give the volleyball to one team by placing the ball in the middle of the serving team's blanket. The team must lower the blanket and quickly raise it to toss the ball into the air with only the use of the blanket. The ball must go over the net where the opposing team must catch the volleyball with the blanket and toss the ball back to the serving team with only the use of the blanket.

Volleyball Relay

Separate children into lines with three or four children per line. Have two lines face each other with some room in between and give a volleyball to the first child in one of the two lines. The player with the ball goes first, tossing the ball into the air slightly, clasping her hands together with thumbs side by side and pointing up and using her wrists to gently perform a volleyball bump. The goal is to use multiple controlled bumps to travel from one line to the other without dropping the ball. Once the player reaches the opposite line, she bumps the ball to the the next player in line and joins the end of the opposite line.

Meteorite Ball

Divide children into two equal teams with one team on each side of the volleyball net and give each child a beach ball. When you give the signal for the game to begin, each child hits or throws his ball over the net to the other team's side. When a ball crosses the net from the other team, children can hit the ball back over the net or pick up the ball and throw it back over. After a set amount of time, signal the end of the game and count how many beach balls are on each side of the net. The side with the fewest amount of balls wins.

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