DIY Cup and Ball Game
This DIY cup and ball game is brilliant for hand-eye co-ordination and uses recycled materials, making it a great crafting option for children. It can be made in minutes and results in a game that provides hours of entertainment. The repurposing of everyday objects encourages creative thought and also provides a practical and fun way of explaining and discussing recycling, eco-friendly practices as well as the importance of our environment.
It can be turned into a game involving more than one player and it can also be made easier or harder by altering the length of the string (longer string is harder because the object at the end travels further away from the cup). You can use many different objects at the end of your string however they need to be heavy enough and small enough to fit easily into the bottle half that you use.
Your child could decorate the outside of the “cup” (bottle half) however they like, too- so long as it doesn’t affect the ball landing inside. They could use paint, stickers, glitter, feathers, button etc. We opted for foil because it was easy to wrap around the bottle given the unusual shape.
For the DIY Cup and Ball Game you’ll need:
- Half a plastic bottle (it makes it easier for little hands to hold it you use the top half as it narrows into a funnel shape)
- Materials to decorate the plastic bottle “cup” – we used a piece of kitchen foil
- Ball – we used a cork
1- Cut the plastic bottle in half- ensuring that there are no sharp edges. If there are sharp edges, it’s a good idea to tape over these to prevent any cuts
2- Wrap kitchen foil around the outside of the bottle or “cup”
3- Using tape, secure a length of string to the outside of the bottle
4- Tie a ball or cork to the end of the string