Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids and one lazy dog, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ball Game

The boys love playing games at festivals/fairs/amusement parks. They love the ball toss games, especially the cup game. I thought I could try to recreate it on a smaller scale for a fun afternoon at home. We even had some candy prizes!

You will need: 
  • Box with dividers (You can usually find them at Costco/Sam's, the larger cases of beer, etc.)
  • Paint/spray paint, optional
  • Markers
  • Balls (I used Ping Pong balls)

I spray painted the outside of the box black. It doesn't have to be painted (or even well in my case), I just had a few extra minutes one day. Once it was dry, I colored the top of a few dividers different colors. I used green, purple, blue, and red. I assigned the different colors point values: blank/brown 0, Green 2, Blue 4, Red 4, and Purple was worth 5 points. The prizes were whatever I had in the pantry, so we had a sucker worth 5 points, a Hershey Kiss for 4 points, 5 Runts worth 4 points, and 2 Tootsie Pop Drops were worth 2 points.

DM TIP: I wanted to have the top of the dividers about the same height as the top of the box. However, I didn't think of that until I had already painted the box and didn't want to cut it down. The boys had just finished off a box of cereal that fit perfectly in the bottom of the box. I placed the cereal box in the bottom and the dividers on top of the cereal box. It worked out great!

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