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Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Activities, Children | 14 comments

Making a shark ball and cup game

Making a shark ball and cup game

CSMA club set me a challenge this week to play a new game. In our house, we love playing games and we have too many to mention.  We also love making our own games. This means we have lots of fun making them, followed by hours of fun playing with it….and the bonus is, it’s FREE!  Here’s how we made a shark ball and cup game……Making a cup and ball game

How to make a ball and cup game

You need:

  • An empty drinks bottle
  • String
  • A ball, or screwed up foil, or we used a yoyo
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Glue or double sided tape

First, cut the end off the bottle and cut it into a mouth shape.making a ball and cup gameNext, decorate the lidded end of the bottle, however you like. We chose to make them into sharks. We fan folded a strip of paper to cut out teeth and used double sided tape to stick them on the bottle for the mouth. Then stick some eyes on too.Making a ball and cup shark game - making teeth

Make a hole in the lid, thread the string through and attach it to the ball or ball of foil. Screw the lid back on the bottle and there you have your shark ball and cup game to have fun with!

Making a ball and cup game

The aim of the game is to catch the ball in the sharks mouth (the cup). The person who catches it the most wins.

We then spent a long time trying to catch the ball in the cup/sharks mouth. The whole family had a go even Nana and Grandad joined in the fun. Playing shark cup and ball game

Everyone was so pleased with themselves when they caught the ball in the sharks mouth as you can see from the photos.playing cup and ball game

Winning catch with cup and ball game

With practice everyone improved, but I think the winner has to be Grandad, he scored/caught the ball the most!

One of the great things about this game, is that any number of people can play it. You can play on your own or you can have competitions between friends or family and have a good laugh in the process.

If you’d like some ideas for more cheap things to do with the kids, why not check out CSMA clubs 10 ideas.

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    • Yes, the balls being fish would be great, there are so many things you could do with this 🙂

  1. What a super fun game. I love the way you made the teeth and well done grandad! X

    • Thank you 🙂

  2. That’s a great idea for a game! I must make this for my toddler, he’ll love it.

    • I hope he enjoys it

    • It’s a good old fashioned game, but still lots of fun

    • Thank you 🙂

  3. I used to have a game like this it was in the shape of an icecream cone, i could never do it!!

    • Ah, an ice cream one sounds perfect, that would be easy to make too!

    • Thank you, we enjoyed it 🙂

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