Head Outdoors for Some Backyard Badminton
Whether you and your kids are in the backyard, at the beach or park, this fun to make - fun to play game will keep you busy and active!
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Ages: Adults and Kids 6 and Up
Duration: Under One Hour
TOOLS and TEMPLATES
WHAT YOU NEED
4 - 48.7oz NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder canister lids
2 - inch-wide dowel rods (18” long)
Craft glue gun
Colored electrical tape
1 package of badminton shuttles (also called birdies)
2 patio chairs
4 yards of rope
HOW TO DO IT
For one pair of rackets:
Set out four canister lids.
PARENTS ONLY: Cut a 2” wide notch from the side of each lid (see diagram).
Lay two of the notched lids facing up on a flat surface.
Set one dowel rod into each notch making sure the dowel is positioned several inches into the middle of the lid.
Secure the dowel rods to the lids at each notch with a craft glue gun.
Cover these lids with the two remaining notched lids (match the notches to fit over each dowel).
Secure the top and bottom lids together by running a craft glue gun around the edges. Let dry.
Wrap the edges of each finished racket with colored electrical tape.
For the Badminton "Net":
Place two patio chairs about 3 yards apart on a flat outdoor surface. Position the chairs so that the backs are facing each other.
Tie the length of rope to the back of each chair and reposition the chairs so that the rope is tight.
HOW TO PLAY
The object of this game is to use the racquet to hit the shuttle/birdie back and forth over the net.
Let the children have fun seeing how many times they can hit the shuttle back and forth without it dropping onto the ground.
Here's what to do if the kids want to keep score:
Decide the number of points to win the game.
The server gains a point if the opposing player does not return the shuttle over the net.
The child that serves the shuttle is the only one to score a point.
The server continues to serve for points until he or she does not return the shuttle.
It is then the opposing player's turn to serve and try to accumulate points.
If you have an old towel or sheet, drape it over the rope to improve your "net."
If you and your kids have fun playing this game, try a few more!
Backyard Mini Golf
Around the World Croquet
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