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Balloon Tennis

Get your child learning their letters while swatting balloons! This activity will have your child building their letter recognition while controlling their gross motor skills.

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Swat the ABC balloons!

This is a really simple activity you can do around the house with your children or in a classroom. All you have to do is hang balloons from the ceiling with a letter written on each one. Have your child find a letter and hit it with a fly swatter! Your child will be a pro tennis player before you know it! 

📚 Books to explore: I am Billie Jean King by Brad Meltzer; Let’s Play Tennis! by Patricia Egart; and A Magical Racquet Ride by Marissa Irvin.

📷 Picture perfect: Get a picture of your child going in for the swat.

👷 Be careful! Make sure there are no objects around that your child may knock over and damage.


For this activity you will need:



Painter’s tape 


Fly Swatter

Learning Outcomes




Letter recognition


Identifying the letter begins their names and its sound


Step 1:

Blow up several balloons and add a really long string. You want the balloon to hang low enough your child can see the letter on it but can’t touch it with their hands.

Step 2:

Write a letter on each side of the balloon.

Step 3:

Tape the string to the ceiling.

Step 4:

Give your child the fly swatter and explain the rules: you yell out a letter and your child has to find it and hit it with the fly swatter. 

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Use sight words they are having trouble with or write simple addition challenges. 

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Just use a couple of letters to keep it simpler.

Playful Questions

What letter does “frog” start with? (or another animal) 

What letter does your name start with? 

What letters do you see on the balloons? 

Can you name a word that starts with the letter “...”?

What other places do we see letters?

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