China introduced table tennis, or ping pong, to the world, and has always excelled at this fun sport. You can make your own "toy" ping pong bat craft. They won't stand up to too much use, but you should be able to get a game or two out of them!
Did you know that table tennis originated in England in the late 19th century as an after dinner game? The dining room table was cleared, a row of books was laid down the middle to form the "net", and more books, or the lids of cigar boxes, were used as "bats"! The game became so popular that companies began to manufacture proper bats, balls, nets and tables. The game was commonly nicknamed "wiff waff" or "ping pong" because of the noise the ball made against the bats.
Table tennis can be played with two or four players, and is a Summer Olympics sport.
World Championship of Ping Pong
Since 2011 there has been an World Championship of Ping Pong, also known as the WCPP. In 2016 the event will take place at Alexandra Palace in London over three nights, from 22nd January to 24th January, and 64 table tennis players from all over the world will be competing against the defending champion, Andrew Baggaley of England! It sounds like an awfully good excuse to explore our ping pong / table tennis activities!
Our Table Tennis Activities for Kids
There are really two activities here. Get your pencils out and write something great about table tennis on the writing page, then, if you are using the black and white version, colour in the picture!
Here's a simple table tennis colouring page for younger kids. The player is wearing Team GB kit from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Do you have a young table tennis fan? They they might enjoy finger tracing the letters on this worksheet, and colouring in the picture...
Here's a fun way to get some handwriting practise in! Kids can trace the words "table tennis" until they get confident, then try to write it on their own.
This table tennis player tracing page is quite a challenge, whether you choose to trace between the dotted lines (younger kids) or over all the dotted lines.
Here's a sports-themed tracing page for your youngest children to enjoy, featuring a male table tennis player! There are two sets of dotted lines for extra practice - although beginners might want to draw one line between them.
Kids can use our table tennis story paper for writing about the sport or making up a story. Available with lines or handwriting lines, and of course there is a picture to colour in, too.
Here's a tracing worksheet featuring the words "table tennis" and a picture of a table tennis player to colour in, too.