This craft is a great way to incorporate creativity and fine motor skills with the outdoors, gross motor skills (ball skills and coordination) and even touch on elements of teamwork and sportsmanship. With the “bullseye” of the ringtoss being a re-purposed plastic bottle filled with water – it’s also a valuable way to address the concepts of recycling and creatively reusing everyday products.
A (relatively) gentle game that could be played indoors or outdoors- great for the whole family to get involved in, too! Did you know that Ringtoss is also known as “Muckers”?! There’s a little something for your general knowledge cap!
The paper plates should be hollowed out so that they fit easily over the plastic bottle. I’d recommend cutting out the centres of the paper plates before the kids crafts commence and to keep the decorations simple (nothing too ornate or heavy that will impact how the plate moves through the air when thrown). Definitely make sure that the plates are completely dry before use. The dried paint and decorations serve to reinforce the otherwise quite soft paper plate.
A wide variety of crafting fun could be used with the paper plate decoration:
- drawing and colouring artworks
- paintbrush “flick” painting
- sponge painting
What you’ll need:
- a plastic bottle filled with water
- appropriate tape to wrap the bottle with- we used colourful tape so that the bottle is easy to see. You could alternatively use foil or masking tape and then decorate this with markers
- as many large paper plates as you like (with the middles removed). If you don’t have paper plates, you could also just cut rings out of old cardboard
- decorating materials
You could add other fun elements to this too – for instance the person who’s turn it is, could wear a special hat when they throw the paper plate – this is another way to add creativity as well as emphasise the turn-taking principles for younger kids, whose enthusiasm may get in the way of their patience (!)… just a note from my personal experience!