Today we are making a classic children’s toy: the Cup & Ball Game. It is played throughout the world and is known by many names: Boliche in Spain, Balero in Latin America, Bilboquet in France, Kendama in Japan and Bilbocatch in England where apparently it had a big fan in author Jane Austen! Whatever you call it, it’s a simple but challenging game that really tests hand-eye coordination. Our version is a variation of the classic design that uses some easy to find household items!

Materials:

Make a DIY toy, the classic Cup & Ball Game, using a few household items!

  • Yogurt cups
  • 12” bamboo skewer
  • Large round wood beads and a few small beads
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue (Adults only)
  • Colorful duct and washi tape (optional)

Instructions

    This is a great parent-child activity. Children can decorate the cups, adults can assemble the pieces and children and adults can play the game!

    1. Cover the outside of your yogurt cups using colorful duct and washi tape.
    2. Pierce the bottom of the cup with the skewer.Make a DIY toy, the classic Cup & Ball Game, using a few household items!
    3. Cut a 12-inch piece of yarn and tie a small bead to one end of it. Thread the loose end of the yarn through the bottom hole in the yogurt cup. Make a DIY toy, the classic Cup & Ball Game, using a few household items!
    4. Tie your large wooden bead to the end of the yarn.Make a DIY toy, the classic Cup & Ball Game, using a few household items!
    5. Pierce the side of the yogurt cup with the skewer and thread it through the opposite side of the cup.Make a DIY toy, the classic Cup & Ball Game, using a few household items!
    6. Have an adult cut the sharp end of the skewer off and hot glue the end in place. You can also add a little hot glue to the yarn at the bottom of the cup to keep it secure.Make a DIY toy, the classic Cup & Ball Game, using a few household items!
    7. If desired add a little washi tape to the skewer to make it more playful lookingMake a DIY toy, the classic Cup & Ball Game, using a few household items!

    How to Play:

    The object of the game is to gently swing the ball up and into the cup. It takes practice!

    Make a DIY toy, the classic Cup & Ball Game, using a few household items!

    Tips:

    • Make sure the string is not too long or short.
    • Don’t swing it too quickly or the string will get wound up around the skewer.

    Make a DIY toy, the classic Cup & Ball Game, using a few household items!

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