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!