Bouncing Ball Game

The bouncing ball game is one of the fun tennis games for kids and outdoor games for kids.

This needs to be played by an outside wall.

It can also be played in a school gym.


1 or more players
Ages 6 and up
Need: tennis ball


The first player begins singing:

"1, 2, 3, O'Leary,
4, 5, 6, O'Leary,
7, 8, 9, O'Leary,
10, O'Leary, postman."

If there are 2 players or more, each should have a tennis ball.

They all sing the song at the same time and perform the following actions.

The Moves

First, the ball is thrown under the right leg so it hits the wall one time. Then it is caught in the air.

Second, perform the same move with the left leg.

Third, the ball is bounced off the ground against the wall and caught under the right leg.

Fourth, do the same with the left leg.

Fifth, the ball is bounced off the ground against the wall and caught in the air with the thumb and index finger on the right hand touching.

Sixth, do the same with the left hand.

This move can be a little tricky until you get the hang of keeping those fingers together.

Seventh, the ball is thrown against the wall, the player turns in a circle to the right and catches the ball.

Eighth, do the same except turn in a circle to the left.


The winning player is the player who makes the fewest mistakes.

This activity may sound easy, but it takes good hand coordination, along with eye coordination, to perform the moves and catch the ball.

Want to play some more?

Do the moves in reverse order from 8 down to 1.

Have fun with your friends, and hope you do well!

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