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Four Basketball Games For Kids And A DIY Snack Trophy!

Our boys are so in love with basketball right now.  They both played in a league this past season and Hubby coached them both.  Many trips to the store were made to stock up on snacks, drinks, and supplies!  It really is amazing how much is put into these basketball games for kids.

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Basketball is a game that I love, as well, and love to play with them.  The boys are out shooting and having fun multiple times a day.  We want them to work on their skills in different, fun ways, so I picked my husband’s brain about fun games that they sometimes play at practice, and then had an exciting time at the court playing these games!

Four Basketball Games for Kids

basketball games for kids


This is a fun, fast moving game for shooting practice.   

  • One basketball, only play on one goal

  • Adult shoots the ball and the first player to get the ball gets to shoot.

  • If any player scores, they shoot free throws consecutively until they miss.

  • Players try to tip the rebounded shot back in and if they are successful, they put the shooter back to 0.

  • Regular shots = 2, free throws = 1, three pointers = 3. 

  • Every player is in charge of keeping his/her own score.

  • First player to 21 wins.

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Around The World

Fast paced 

  • Each player tries to make five shots from five different positions around the key.

  • Players line up behind the first shooter.

  • Once a player misses one of the five shots, it’s the next player’s turn.

  • Each player stands in the same spot until they have made their shot, then they move to the next position.

  • First to make the fifth shot wins.

basketball games for kids

Knock Out

  • Line up players on the free throw line.

  • Only the first two players have a basketball.

  • First player shoots.

  • The object of the game is to make it before the person behind you makes it and knocks you out of the game.

  • First player can keep trying until he/she scores or someone knocks them out.

  • Play continues through all players until only one player remains…they are the winner.


Buzzer Beater

This is a great game for practicing harder shots that might be necessary at the very end of a real game.

  • Depending on the age of your players, have them line up at a point that is out of their comfort zone.  For some it may be the three point line, others at half court.

  • Give each player 10 seconds on the clock.

  • See how many baskets you can make in 10 seconds.

  • Person with the most baskets win, and really at this age, if anyone makes these baskets, they are a winner!

>>Check out this ultimate basketball party guide!<<

The boys thought that this Basketball Snack Trophy was so fun and they were excited to win it in our basketball competition!  Brothers are competitive, of course!

DIY Snack Trophy

DIY Snack Trophy

DIY Snack Trophy

Yield: 1 snack trophy and snack bags
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This fun basketball snack trophy is a cute way to serve up a winning snack to your little basketball lovers!


  • tall plastic goody bags with ties
  • basketball ribbon
  • basketball stickers
  • styrofoam panel
  • glittery craft felt
  • one bamboo skewer
  • gold pipe cleaners
  • Goldfish crackers


  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • scissors


    1. Cut styrofoam into squares, about 8 x 8". 
    2. Depending on the thickness of your styrofoam, stack and hot glue them together to create the trophy base.
    3. Wrap the glittery felt or material around the base and hot glue it down on the edges.  
    4. Snip the corners off and glue them down evenly.
    5. Wrap the basketball ribbon around the base and hot glue to secure.
    6. Fill bags with Goldfish crackers.
    7. Tie all but one baggie with a basketball ribbon to secure.
    8. With the remaining bag of Goldfish crackers, adjust so it is tall as you like, then secure with a twist tie. (If needed, gather up some of the plastic in the back to make it taller than wider.)
    9. Hot glue the bamboo skewer carefully to the back of the bag of Goldfish.  (may melt so glue the skewer first, not the plastic.)
    10. Let cool for 1-2 minutes.
    11. Poke the skewer into the styrofoam block that has been covered with felt, centering it.  
    12. If needed, add some hot glue to the bottom to secure it further to the styrofoam.
    13. Decorate with basketball stickers and more basketball ribbon, if desired.
    14. Use your gold pipe cleaners to fashion the decorative sides of the trophy.

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What does your family co to have fun and practice skills together?  Do you have family competitions? What are some other basketball games for kids?




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Saturday 8th of August 2020

i just love this idea. highly recommended. thanks for sharing such a great information


Monday 15th of May 2017

Hi Gena, Really interesting. How wonderful it is to see you are so attached as a family! I like the idea of basketball snack trophy. I also must say the drills or fun sessions that you and your husband arrange for your two sons are very helpful. 

Which one do you think the most effective one? I am going to follow all the sessions, particularly the one labled as "21", with my nephew, niece, and their friends.

Thanks for this post. I liked your family bonding here on top of everything.


Wednesday 17th of May 2017

I think they all help break up the routine of normal basketball practice and word on different skills.  Thanks for stopping by!

livivua chandler

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

I love this idea.

I will do this for our 4-H clubs and make snack trophies. Thanks for the idea.


Wednesday 15th of March 2017

Yes, the kids would love them!  Good luck!

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