Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Homemade Ball (or bean bag) Toss Game

 ball toss (1)If you look closely you can see the ball in midair close to the box.

We are getting so very, very tired of winter here.   I let M go out whenever I am reasonably sure he won’t freeze, but it just isn’t enough.  He needs some gross motor fun inside, and I admit I’m not the best when it comes  to this kind of thing.  I’ve said this before… I’m a sit-in-one-place-and-do-something-quiet kind of girl, and I have a lot to learn about nurturing and appreciating M’s wild side. 

So, I made an attempt last Thursday, and was successful. :)  I found an old box, traced the top of a large cottage cheese container onto it, and cut out the circle.  Then I pushed the cottage cheese container into it and set the whole thing up on our loveseat. ball toss (2)

I found these cute soft balls (similar to a bean bag, but with some sort of stuffing inside; they are very lightweight) at Dollar Tree.   Apparently they are supposed to look like Easter eggs.  ball toss

I put a piece of masking tape on the floor and we took turns standing at it and seeing if we could toss the balls into the container.  I thought M was doing great, but he was frustrated that whenever he managed to get a ball into the container it rolled right back out.  So we set up the laundry basket on the loveseat and did it that way.  Ha!  He enjoyed this a lot and was thrilled that it was ok to throw something in the house. :)

So, just go get your laundry basket and a ball and have fun!  If you want to make the same thing I made, make sure to cut your hole a tiny bit smaller than the outer rim of your container so the container won’t slide all the way through.

Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. Oooh, reminds me of those state fair games. Although those are rigged to never win, I think.

  2. And you can make this into a learning game if you want by doing points or getting certain number of throws for right answers.
    I love games like these.

  3. Johnny is going stir-crazy too! I can't wait for spring, but I think he'll enjoy this activity in the meantime, thanks for the post! =)

  4. What a great idea! I know, im a sit and do something quiet kind of girl too :)

  5. What a great idea! I know, im a sit and do something quiet kind of girl too :)

  6. fabulous but simple idea! My children are going crazy in the house too and so am I. It has been a long winter and can't wait to get out to the park again!

  7. Very cool Nicole. I have this type of thing down to do for a Pot Of Gold Toss for St Patricks Day.

    Have you tried setting up an inside obstacle course for him. My kids enjoy that when cabin fever sets in and they normally set most of it up themselves, once I make a start. Pillows to climb over, chairs to crawl under/through, masking tape lines on the floor for balancing, whatever you have around the house really. :)

  8. That's amazing how those simple activities are able to entertain our preschoolers for a lo-o-ong time while our carefully designed efforts flop :) Thanks for an idea!


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