After guests, blog moving, and sick kids (croup and colds), I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for this one. I know…excuses, excuses, excuses.
I came up with the idea this week, but the kids added to it and modified it. My idea was Tiddlywinks. Do you remember Tiddlywinks? Does anyone play Tiddlywinks anymore?
First we cut the top and little side flap off the egg carton. Then my oldest daughter marked each cup with points. First row 1, next 5, third 10, etc. Then we took the little plastic disks from our Bingo game and played Tiddlywinks with those.
It was hard. I have always been bad at Tiddlywinks, and still am apparently! The kids weren’t much more successful either.
I then suggested that we try bouncing a small ball into the cups. That worked MUCH better and was actually pretty fun.
At first the tall, pointy, cone-like structures between the cups (there is probably some interesting technical term for these in the egg carton manufacturing world) got in the way a bit, but then my 7 year-old daughter suggested that we cut them off. So she did.
After that it was smooth sailing and fun playing. My daughter decided to use the top of the egg carton to record her scores.
By the way, my daughter had the idea of playing Mancala with the egg carton. I thought that was very clever, but it was too rainy today to go out and collect stones.
Next week’s Unplugged Project:
Pipecleaner (or Twist Tie? Or Wire?)
(This was my 5 year-old’s suggestion, so blame him if you don’t like it!)