My kids have a funny thing that they love – it’s a cup and ball. When we had gone to a Fort a couple years ago, they had them to try there, and of course, because we are all competitive just a tiny bit, we were determined to get the ball into that cup! It was a lot of fun. Then, Santa brought my eldest a cup and ball for Christmas. We even had a cup and ball tournament at my parent’s house.
It’s silly, old fashioned fun and I love that the simple toy brings them so much joy. When my younger nephews or nieces come over, it’s always an item that is intriguing to them, but the hard wooden ball can hurt tiny noggins if they whip it around too much. So, we make our own cup and balls for the little kiddos to practice with.
A Paper cup
A large Pom pom
String or yarn
A wooden bead (if you are making this with a little one and are worried about the bead, use yarn for your string and tie a large knot to prevent it from slipping)
Simple tie one end of the string around the pom pom.
Poke a small hole in the bottom of the cup.
Pull the non-pom pom end of the string through and secure with the bead (or extra knot)
Voila! You have a cup and ball!