Bridge Ball

  1. Indoor Game
  2. Readiness Games
  • Any Size

  • Ages 3-5

  • Bouncy Balls

  • Under 10 minutes

This is a great game for the entire class! In this game, students form a circle and try to hit a ball through each other’s “bridges.” This game has several variations and can be modified to keep it challenging for students of any age or ability.

Development Goal

To improve hand-eye coordination and strategic play.

Before You Start

  • Have everyone stand in a circle, foot to foot. Their legs should be slightly more than shoulder width apart, forming a “bridge.” Have everyone get into ready position with their hands on their knees.
  • Make sure all players know not to reach in front of others in order to get the ball.

Set Up

Designate a safe play space in which the group can stand in a large circle.

How to Play

  • The object of the game is for players to try to hit the ball between other players’ bridges (formed by their legs) and block balls from coming through their own bridges. Players get a letter in the word “bridge” each time the ball goes through their legs. Once the group has spelled “bridge,” the game restarts.
  • Players may only hit the ball with an open palm (low-five hits). No throwing.
  • They may catch the ball if it is head height. If the ball is caught, players must place the ball on the ground and hit it back into play.
  • If a ball goes outside the circle, the player closest to it when it went out may go and get it.
  • If the ball goes between a player’s legs, they get a letter toward the word bridge. That player may go get the ball and hit it back in play.


  • Instead of spelling bridge, players can turn around and play backwards once the ball has gone through their legs 1x, 2x, or however many times you decide.
  • Add a ball or two once players know how to play.
  • Put a player in the middle of the circle to keep the game moving faster.