A couple months ago, I shared with you about a fun, local business called Tinkertopia. If you’re local, I sincerely hope you’ll check this place out. It’s called a “Creative Reuse Center” and it’s one part lesson in recycling and one part awesome place for crafting! For $7, your child (or you!) can craft for an hour and a half. This includes use of anything you find in their “tinker” area – ribbons, paper, bits of carpeting, beads, tubing, cardboard, old frames – you name it – plus, use of their tools.
Yesterday, my daughter and I paid a visit and I love what we ended up creating together and thought I’d share it with you! Maybe it would spark an idea for something you or your child could make – either at Tinkertopia or just by using items you already have at home!
She decided to make a ball toss game! We found a giant cardboard circle, which we used for the base. Then, we covered it with construction paper and fun duct tape to “pretty” it up. Next, I helped her hot glue down some old canning rings.
We left Tinkertopia with the ball toss mat, tennis balls, and…
To play the game, you drop the balls in the cups. (Obviously!)
Take turns and tally up the points. Piper was the grand champion yesterday with 210,900 points. I earned 72,905 making me the loser. DOH!
If your child is starting to get bored this summer, why not challenge them to make some carnival games? Maybe they could do a ball toss like this – or a ring throw – or a fishing game. Maybe they could even construct a number of games and make a mini fair or carnival. If you’re local, I highly encourage you to check out Tinkertopia as well (you may wish to read my prior post about this amazing place).
Now it’s your turn: what other ideas do you have for making fun games?
PS check out this post for another frugal summer idea: