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Free Family Fun: Spalloon, an Upcycled Game

At five years old, my nephew is a really creative kid. So for full disclosure, this post is his brain-child. This is part of a gigantic list of things he upcycles on a daily basis. His upcycling portfolio includes a penguin made out of a liquid soap container, and a tug boat out of a tissue box and some toilet paper rolls. He’s always clever and resourceful, like a true Reduction Rebel.

How to Play Spalloon

spalloon family fun gameHere he is playing a game that he invented called Spalloon. The best part about Spalloon is that there is a great chance you already have what you need to play: 1 balloon and two spoons.

This game is a lot like tennis, except spoons are your racquet and a balloon is your ball.

Lay a jump rope or twisted towel across your floor to establish the two sides.

Like volleyball, each player can hit the ball up to three times before getting it to the other side.

You can keep score or play for the fun of it. Depending on the size of your space, you can even get a doubles match going.

Why is this Game So Much Fun?

I had a riot playing this game with my nephew and my own boys because it’s free, low maintenance and you can play indoors.

With the weather starting to get cooler and the days shorter, we’re going to start spending more time indoors. This family activity allows kids – and parents – to stay active indoors. Let the balloons get whacked around the room without stressing about something getting broken. Relax, it’s just a balloon! This would make a really fun birthday party game indoors or out!

upcycled cereal box

Never Miss an Opportunity to Upcycle

Once we christened this game at my sister’s house, we had to take it a step further and create an upcycled storage container for our new game. Like the storage container I made from a coffee creamer bottle, I made a spoon container out of a cereal box.

I cut a hole in the back of the box to hang over a doorbell apparatus plugged into the wall. The bottom portion of the cereal box served as our spoon container, and a tiny billboard for our game.

Go ahead, blow off some steam and try your hand at Spalloon. Serious free, fun for the whole family.


 What unique games do you play at your house?

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to Free Family Fun: Spalloon, an Upcycled Game

  1. Shannon@Mishmash Mama September 15, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    Can I just say Spalloon is the freaking best! Kids are the very best upcyclers, for sure. I am fully crushing on your blog, btw.
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  2. Jeff from Tucson Adult Soccer League October 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    What a great “free” idea to keep kids active! This is something that mine would certainly enjoy as well.

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