Parents and grandparents may remember this one from childhood. To play the 7-Up game, all you need is a smooth, flat surface (a wall or a floor) and a bouncy ball, such as a tennis ball. If you have a safe, open indoor space (without breakables), you can even play 7-Up inside. Best of all, kids can play the 7-Up game alone—no need to recruit an opponent or teammate.
Time Required: 20-30 minutes
- Find a safe space to play. Outside, you need a flat area where you can safely bounce a small ball, such as a tennis ball or a rubber ball. The 7-Up game is traditionally played against a smooth wall or even a garage door. Brick or concrete works better than aluminum siding, and a broad space without windows works best. But you can also the play 7-Up game against the ground if you don't have a good wall to use.
- The object of the game is to bounce the ball against the wall a set number of times while performing a skill in between bounces. The skills are as follows (but your memory may vary!):
- Sevensies: Bounce the ball against the wall seven times. Catch it on the seventh time.
No-wall version: Bounce the ball against the ground seven times.
- Sixies: Bounce the ball against the wall and then allow it to bounce once on the ground before you catch it and throw it again. Repeat six times.
No-wall version: Throw the ball up in the air 6 times (no bounces).
- Fivesies: Bounce the ball on the ground five times.
No-wall version: Bounce the ball on the ground 5 times, but throw it hard enough so it bounces up over your head. Catch on the way down.
- Foursies: Bounce the ball from the ground to the wall and then back to you (this is the opposite of what you do for Sixies). Repeat four times.
No-wall version: Throw the ball up, let bounce, then catch. Repeat 4 times.
- Threesies: Bounce the ball on the ground first, then use your palm to bat the ball against the wall, then catch it before it bounces on the floor again. Repeat three times.
No-wall version: Bounce the ball, then hit it down again before catching. Repeat 3 times.
- Twosies: Toss the ball under your leg and bounce off the wall, then catch. Repeat.
No-wall version: Bounce the ball under your leg, twice.
- Onesies: Throw the ball against the wall, spin around completely (360 degrees), then catch the ball before it bounces.
No-wall version: Throw the ball up in the air, do your spin while it falls and bounces, then catch.
- Want to keep playing? Repeat the whole process, but add in a clap of the hands between each throw/bounce. Then add two claps, and so on.
What You Need
- Bouncy ball, such as a tennis ball or soft, small rubber ball
- Place to play, such as a garage, basement, driveway, playground, cul-de-sac