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18 activities to do with plastic cups!

I think keeping your kids busy and having fun is important….and reallllly easy. AND CHEAP!  All you need is some plastic cups!!!! (seriously! Funky colors are optional!)

18 fun things to do with plastic cups

MOVIN ON UP

Movin on up

You need a pile of cups…and one of a different color. Everyone starts with the cup on the bottom…and they race to get their cup to the top by taking the top cup off and moving it to the bottom. ONE AT A TIME! fun race for children great game for families

WATER RACEwater race

You need a ladel for each team, a bucket (or swimming pool) of water. ping pong balls and a cup for each team. Each team has to ladle in water–and the first one to get the ping pong ball out of the cup wins!  You can make it so they have to go from one side to another with the ladle for an added element!IMG_0408

PASS THE WATER

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This is one of our favorites! The person in the front as water in their cup. They  have to pass it behind them. The team with the post water wins!

and somewhat similiar:

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STRAW BLOWING GAMEstraw blowing game supplies for minute to win it games

Using a straw, see how far you can move your cup with one blow…Or make a bullseye on the table and try to blow it onto the center!

 

WATER CUP RACES

AFTBcupraces-titlea594b8e94a5a90a48cf3469cef0409efThis one is super fun! Add cups to a string and using a squirt gun see who can get their cups to the other side the fastest!

CIRCLE ARTcircle art

Using a cup as a stencil…draw a bunch of circles and color them in!

trace a cup

 

UP and DOWNup and down game

This game is a blast and can be played with tons of people! You take a pile of cups and spread them around the room (or yard) One team is up. One team is down. When you yell go, everyone who is up is trying to run and around and place the cups up. Whoever is down is running around and placing the cups down! When you yell stop–Whoever has the most wins!

 

MAKE AN ANEMOMETER 

anemometer-4A fun LEARNING activity to test wind speed!

PING PONG TOSS

ping pong toss

 

This is the one that we had a “tournament” in. We had 6 cups…and 6 ping pong balls (found at the dollar store!) The rules were that the ping pong had to hit the table first..it was easy and hard all at the same time! The highest was 4 out of 6! We placed the cups far away…and close…and even had someone hold it and try to catch it! Lots of fun ways to play!fun ping pong games

THIS BLOWS

balloon gameI’m pretty sure this is a Minute to Win it game…but using a balloon to move cups. You can draw a line that the cups have to pass or use painter’s tape!

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A fun little game! My kids would love these!

TOWER OF TERROR

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For this you need card stock –I cut two sheets in half–or you could use index cards.

Stack like in picture. Starting at the top paper, Yank out as fast as you can to make the cup fall down on top of the next cup. Continue until you get to the bottom!fun game to play with kids

This was one of our favorites to play!paper cup games

CHICKEN IN  A CUP

AFTBChickenCup-6titlea funny noisemaker any kid will sure to love!

COLLAPSE AND STACKcollapse and stack game

Rules are pretty easy…First one to collapse their tower…and then stack it all back up wins!

she won!

SHOOTING PRACTICE

swinging-targets-4Make some fun targets…or stack them up like a castle and let your kids shoot nerf guns at them!

FLIP IT

flip it

Take some cups and make them so they overhang the table. You have to  flip the cups so they land upright! It’s pretty tricky and takes a bit of practice!

Jump rope feaf511d58f7314ba1f19c3aeadbc0e8

Hold a cup of water and see if you can keep any water in your cup while you jump rope!

TALLEST TOWERtallest tower

See who can build the tallest tower–each person has their own strategy!

and when you are done…let the kids just BUILD with them!build a tower with plastic cups

You can go HERE to see more fun kids crafts!

 

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About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.