How to Make a Ball in a Cup Game

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A creative craft project for busy little fingers is to make a ball in a cup game. Small children enjoy the craft process almost as much as playing with the end result. Add this one to your repertoire of rainy-day fun.

Things You'll Need

  • Cup (Styrofoam or plastic)
  • Spatula or wooden spoon
  • String or yarn
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper
  • Duct tape
  • Obtain a large Styrofoam cup or plastic drinking glass.

  • Locate a rigid plastic spatula or wooden spoon for the handle.

  • Poke or drill a small hole in the center of the cup's bottom. (For heavy plastic cups, an adult can complete this step.)

  • Flip the cup upside down. Run the tip of a 48-inch piece of string through the cup and out the hole. Tie a sturdy knot on the end and make sure it can't slip through.

  • Wad a piece of paper into a ball. Wrap a rubber band around the ball tightly. Repeat with numerous rubber bands until no paper is visible.

  • Connect the ball to the other end of the string by winding the string through the rubber bands. Knot the string.

  • Tape the handle securely on the outside of the cup, with at least 4 inches of grip hanging below the bottom. Holding the handle, sway the ball back and forth until you can catch it in the cup.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have enough rubber bands, crumple aluminum foil into a tight ball around the string.
  • If the string is too long for your child to use comfortably, pull it through the cup to the desired length and tie a new knot. Cut off the excess and enjoy the game.
  • Never use a container made of glass for this game. If dropped, it can shatter and injure someone.
  • You can substitute a ruler for the handle, but make sure it doesn't have a sharp metal edge.
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