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Beach Ball Games

Summer time means beach and pool time.  That means beach balls.  And beach balls are not just for the beach.  Beach balls are the perfect tool for use in the classroom!   You can make beach ball games and activities for all sorts of skills.  And the great thing about beach balls is that they are SUPER cheap!  (Just make sure to stock up during the summer!)  Today we’re sharing 5 different beach ball games you can make for your class and we’re kicking off SUMMER WITH SMORGIE 2018!!!

You will need:  

beach balls

Sharpie

beach ball games

You can get cheap beach balls at Amazon, Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart.  This summer Wal-Mart has these beach balls with dots or circles on them.  These are PERFECT for making classroom games because the dots help keep things organized and provide some visual support for students!    And for $1 you have to buy 10 or 20 so you always have them.

beach ball games for the classroom

Beach Ball Letters

Inflate your beach ball and use your Sharpie to write uppercase and lowercase letters on the beach ball.  I wrote the letters randomly all over the ball.

beach ball games for school

To play you can simply toss the ball to a student.  They catch the ball and read the letter they are touching (or the letter their thumb is closest to!).  You can also have them say the beginning sound of the letter or say a word that begins with the sound of the letter!    This beach ball game can be used a center, too!  Students toss the ball and write the letter they touch!

For more letter and sound fun, check out this summer themed alphabet center creation!

Beach Ball Sight Words

Inflate your beach ball and use your Sharpie to write your sight words I wrote the letters randomly all over the ball.sight word lessons

To play you can simply toss the ball to a student.  They catch the ball and read the sight word they are touching (or the word their thumb is closest to!).  You can also have them say the word and spell the word.  You can also have them use the word in a sentence!  This beach ball game can be used a center, too!  Students toss the ball and read and write the word they touch!

For more beach sight word fun, check out our beach sight word game!

Beach Ball Games For Math

Inflate your beach ball and use your Sharpie to write addition or subtraction equations to 10 (or 20) all over the beach ball!

beach ball math

To play you can simply toss the ball to a student.  They catch the ball and solve the equation they are touching (or the equation their thumb is closest to!). This beach ball game can be used a center, too!  Students toss the ball and write the equation  they touch!

Here’s another way to use beach balls to add and subtract:

Write giant numbers to 10 (or 5 or 20) on the ball.  Toss the ball to a student.  They catch the ball with two hands and use the two numbers they are touching to make and solve an equation!  The class can write the equation and solve it on whiteboards!

Beach Ball 100

Inflate your beach ball and use your Sharpie to write numbers to 100 on the beach ball.

To play you can simply toss the ball to a student.  They catch the ball and read the number they are touching (or the number their thumb is closest to!).  You can also have them say the number and identify the number before and after.  Or you could ten more and ten less!   This beach ball game can be used a center, too!  Students toss the ball and write the number (or color) the number they touch!

For more counting practice, check out this count the room creation!

How about some recording sheets for your beach ball games?  Just click the image to get your FREE recording sheets!

For more ideas, resources and activities, check out these posts:

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