Have fun with DIY indoor basketball

With rainy days on the horizon, this indoor, easy-to-organise ‘basketball’ game is a great way to keep the kids entertained.

May 5, 2022

What you need

Recycled paper (such as wrapping paper or newspaper)  

A small tub such as a wastepaper basket or a bucket (you could even use a cardboard box)

You could also use the plastic balls from a ball pit, or bean bags if you have any, instead of paper.  


  • Scrunch up the paper into balls.
  • If you have younger kids, simply put the basket or container a suitable distance away from them (you know your child best, so it’s up to you).
  • Let them take turns to throw the ‘ball’ into the bin.  
  • Part of the game could include moving the container further away for each round.
  • For older kids you could put the container on a table or use hanging basket hooks to hang the container over a door so it’s high up, just like a real basketball net.
  • You can also draw a basketball backboard on the wall behind the container in chalk or use masking tape to create one.
  • Let everyone practise a few throws before you start.
  • Besides being lots of fun, this game is great for hand-eye co-ordination skills.

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