Make a Racket

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Make a Racket
Total Time 1 to 2 hours Ages school-age

These rubber band rackets can be used with almost any kind of ball, including a tennis, Wiffle, or beach ball. A foam one is ideal for smaller play areas.

What you'll need

  • Plastic pipe
  • Rubber bands

How to make it

  1. Make a Racket - Step 1

    Assemble the head: Use a fine-tooth handsaw to cut the PVC pieces shown below (you'll have a few inches of pipe left over). Using the diagram as a guide, join the pieces to make the racket head.

  2. Add the handle: Squeeze some tacky glue inside the tee fitting, then insert one end of the 16-inch-long piece. Slide the pipe cap onto the bottom.

  3. String the racket: To string the racket head, stretch 16 rubber bands around the square horizontally, then add 7 vertically on each side of the handle.

  4. Go out and play: Play Pro Kadima style, go for distance records, or draw a chalk court in your driveway for blacktop tennis matches.

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