Ladder Ball, Life, and the Scriptures

The girls LOVED this activity days idea, and it also provided a great object lesson. After this activity, we had the girls take turns bringing the game home to share the lesson and game with their families for FHE.

This activity is fairly cheap to do EXCEPT for the golf or tennis balls. If you have a tennis or golf player in the ward, ask if they have a way to acquire used balls for cheap.


Categories: Developing Talents, Learning and Living the Gospel

Duration: 1 session


  • 20 feet of 3/4″ inch PVC pipe
  • 6 t-shaped connectors for 3/4″ pipe
  • 2 elbow-shaped connectors for 3/4″ pipe
  • Nylon rope
  • Tennis or golf balls (at least 12 balls, but up to 24, depending on how many teams you will want to make. Each team needs 6 balls to make 3 bolas)
  • Spray paint
  • Lighter
  • Print this document. You may want to make a laminated copy to stay with the game so the girls can use it for FHE.
  • Opaque bag to hide the bolas from the girls so they don’t accidentally guess what they are making before it’s time.


  • Cut the pipes and make the bolas using the instructions on this website. The two changes I made: I had all the pipes at the base be 2 feet long (the pipes are sold in ten foot lengths so I had the extra footage anyway, figured I might as well use it), and I used tennis balls instead of golf balls (I knew they would be easier to drill holes into, and less likely to accidentally injure a person or window!)
  • Print this document. You may want to make a laminated copy to stay with the game so the girls can use it for FHE.


1.Bring out the pipes and connectors and simply tell the girls to “make it.” Don’t tell them what “it” is, don’t give them any sort of hint. Just tell them to “make it.”

2. After 5-10 minutes of trying to figure out what they are supposed to make, bring them back together and ask them what could help them to better figure out how to make it. Hopefully with or without a little guidance, they will conclude that they would be better off with some instructions!

3. Give the girls a copy of the instructions and tell them they must work as a team to build the ladder.

4. After they have successfully built it, gather them around again. Share these General Conference quotes with the girls, and ask them what these quotes have to do with making the ladder ball game.

Here is what I said: the scriptures are the instructions for our lives. Without reading the instructions, we will have a hard time knowing how to build our lives in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Just like we couldn’t build the Ladder Ball game without instructions, we can’t build a righteous life without the instructions in the scriptures. Even then, sometimes we have a hard time interpreting the instructions by ourselves, and that’s why we have to work as a team to figure it out. So you worked as a team to make the ladder ball game, and we work as a church team to make our lives better!

Here are the quotes:

“[Heavenly Father,], who knows most about us, our potential, and our eternal possibilities, has given us divine counsel and commandments in his instruction manuals—the holy scriptures. When we understand and follow these instructions, our lives have purpose and meaning.”

M. Russell Ballard, 1988 General Conference


“The scriptures [are] a road map, a set of divine directions to assist us on our journey through mortality and our return trip home. Just as a road map not read, the scriptures not searched are of little value to us in providing directions.

“Are we studying our divine directions daily? When was the last time we checked our celestial compass to see if we are still on course? The road to the celestial kingdom is one way. When we fail to search the scriptures, we may find ourselves going the wrong way on a one-way highway.”

L. Lionel Kendrick, 1993 General Conference

5. Have fun together learning how to play the ladder ball game! We got two rounds done in the time we had left. The winners of the game get to pick first who brings the game home to teach it to their families!

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