...for Kids 10 & under
Roll Ball Tennis
This is a fun game that you can play on a tennis court, a yard, or any flat space. A variation to this game is to make 2 goals. You protect one goal and your child protects the other goal. This is a great game to work on eye-hand coordination, footwork and speed.
Instant Rally Progression
Once you master this game you are going to be ready to play some "real tennis." I have used a string tied between two chairs, a bench, and even pillows instead of a net. Remember to encourage your child to use the correct grip. Also remind your child to have "happy feet" while they are playing. They should be on their toes and bouncy (not flat footed).
This is a fun game that you can play indoors or outdoors. When I played this with my daughter, we would pass the koosh ball from her racquet to my racquet as we walked-- but since it was just the two of us we would go in a large circle and time ourselves to see if we could break our times. When she got better at it, we would stand a foot apart and try to toss it in the air to each other. The better we got, the further away we would stand.
For little kids using a foam ball works well for this game. The foam ball moves slower and gives your child additional time to do the skill. This will work on your child's overall body coordination and eye-hand coordination.
Another good game that you can play on any flat surface. An improvement to this video would be to teach the children the correct grip to hold their racquet. See the TIP below.
This game is good for eye-hand coordination, body control and movement. Any ball works for this activity -- slow foam balls work well with little kids and even basketballs work well.
TIP: How to hold
There are 2 simple ways to teach your child how to hold their racquet:
1) put the racquet on the ground and tell them to pick it up
2) ask your child to shake hands with the racquet.
These two strategies will get your child holding the racquet in a correct manner.
Based on a favorite playground game, this is surely a fun one to play. You definitely don't need a net or a real tennis court for this game. I often played this with my older son and daughter, so we actually just played with three squares. When we first started playing we allowed for unlimited bounces in each square, but as we've gotten better we got to one bounce and then even no bounces.
This works on ball control, footwork, and balance. I find this game is not as easy as it looks. I even played a variation of this game when I practiced as a professional tennis player. I would stand about 6 feet from the net and juggle the ball once before hitting a volley back to my partner.