Monday, August 30, 2010

Project Plastic Cup: Cup and Ball Game

It is play time once again! Your kids are not lacking in toys to play with but you want to use this opportunity to teach them something, not just mindless play. You look over to your kitchen counter and you see a stack of used plastic cups. You initially planned on throwing them but somehow, you sense that you can do more with them. What do you do?

Here’s what we think. Use your plastic cups to create a game of cup and ball! It’s easy, it’s fun and best of all, creating meaningful play time with your kids. It teaches them the value of reusing and recycling plus it’s a great way to train their reflex and develop their artistic skills.

For this plastic cup project, you will need used plastic cups, whether generic or custom made, scissors, a ball of string, ping pong balls or balled up aluminum foil, markers, crayons and other art materials.

First, decorate the plastic cups with your chosen art supplies. Draw animals, sprinkle some glitter, paste on some colourful stickers—whatever it is you and your kids feel like doing, go for it!

Next, use a sharp object (Kids, careful!) to pierce a hole at the bottom of the plastic cup. Cut the string at about 50 cm. Tie a knot on one end of your string and thread it through the cup. Pierce a hole on your ping pong ball (Make sure it’s not going to be used anymore!) and tie another knot at the other end of the string. Gently push it through the ball.

Game time! Simply hold the decorated plastic cup and have your kids take turns in trying to shoot the ball into the plastic cup. Prepare some simple prizes to up the excitement factor among your kids.

When it comes to being eco-friendly, the only limit is your creativity, resourcefulness and willingness to make a difference even in small ways. Even when you have to use plastic cups, you don’t need to feel guilty at all because companies like provide eco-friendly and durable plastic cups, which you can also use as innovative play things for your children. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Project Plastic Cup: Plastic Cup Games

Here’s your situation. You have bored kids who want something fun and different. And you also have piles of used plastic cups ready to be thrown into the trash bin. Well, here’s our solution for you. Set up plastic cup games for your kids! It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s educational and it’s environment-friendly! You can also use the opportunity to teach your little ones about the value of recycling used plastic cups, aside from the priceless bonding moments.

So, what games can you play using used plastic cups in your kitchen? Here are some kiddie friendly ideas.

1. Water relay. This one is best done outdoors because it’s bound to get messy. Divide your kids into two teams. Place one empty bucket and one water filled bucket for each team. Place the two buckets several inches from one another. The goal is to fill the empty bucket with the water from the other bucket, using only one (or two, depending on your rules) plastic cup. The team which fills the empty bucket fastest wins.

2. Cup stacking. Cup stacking is fast turning from a hobby into a competitive sport. As the name implies, this game involves stacking and unstacking plastic cups in predetermined sequences. For your version of this game, utilize your used plastic cups and make the sequences a lot less complicated if necessary.

3. Art competition. What do you get when you give your kids clear used plastic cups and art materials? An instant art competition! Pick a theme your impromptu art class and give your kids a time limit to make the game a bit more interesting. Allot a space in your home where you’ll display your children’s plastic cup artworks.

These days, there’s no need to feel guilty when using plastic cups. There are Eco-friendly plastic cup brands such as Karat and Karat Earth and you can find them online at

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Project plastic cup: Pop-up animal puppet

When you have piles of used clear plastic cups that have nowhere to go but the trash bin, what do you do? Here’s what we suggest. Bring out your art supplies, call your kids and make pop-up animal puppets!

Making pop-up animal puppets is a fun, easy and eco-friendly way to deal with used plastic cups. It’s also a great bonding opportunity with kids, and a fun way to teach them about art and recycling.

For this plastic cup project, you’ll need used plastic cups, art supplies, scissors, a small wooden dowel or a craft stick and some tissue paper. Adult supervision is extremely important so make sure you’re around when your kids do this.

1. First, poke a hole through the bottom of the plastic cup. Make sure the hole is big enough for the dowel or the stick to go through it. Poke the dowel or the stick through it. It should be a good way above the top of the cup.

2. Take a strip of tissue paper and tape one edge around the top of the cup and tape the other edge around the top of the dowel. Afterwards, drape a large piece over the top. You now have your puppet’s body.

3. You can now move on to adding the other parts of your puppet. Choose an animal that you like and draw and cut out a head. You can also add feet to your puppet by attaching it onto the base of the plastic cup. Let your creativity loose! Just make sure that when you move the dowel up and down, your animal puppet will pop up.

When it comes to recycling your plastic cups, the only limitation is your resourcefulness and your imagination. Plastic cups can be Eco-friendly, too. Log on to and see for yourself.