My name is Kimbo and I blog over at A Girl and a Glue Gun. I think keeping your kids busy and having fun is important….and reallllly easy. AND CHEAP! All you need is some plastic cups! Let’s look at 18 fun things to do with plastic cups, shall we?
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!
You need a ladle 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!
PASS THE WATER
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!
STRAW BLOWING GAME
Using a straw, see how far you can move your cup with one blow…Or make a bulls eye on the table and try to blow it onto the center!
WATER CUP RACES
This 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!
Using a cup as a stencil…draw a bunch of circles and color them in!
UP and DOWN
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 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
A fun LEARNING activity to test wind speed!
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!
I’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!
A fun little game! My kids would love these! Did you know there were so many fun things to do with plastic cups?!
TOWER OF TERROR
For this you need card stock –I cut two sheets in half–or you could use index cards. Stack like in the above 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!
This was one of our favorites to play!
CHICKEN IN A CUP
A funny noisemaker any kid will sure to love!
COLLAPSE AND STACK
Rules are pretty easy…First one to collapse their tower…and then stack it all back up wins!
Make some fun targets…or stack them up like a castle and let your kids shoot nerf guns at them!
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!
DUCK, DUCK, SPLASH
A fun take on the children’s classic!
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!
Thank you so much for these great ideas! You saved me from having to fill a hundred water balloons!!
These ideas are wonderful! I’m planning for a “Kids’ Day” at church and I think you just saved me a bunch of money AND a bunch of planning time!
This makes me so happy! Hope you and the kids have a wonderful time.
I will be doing some of these wonderful ideas thank you! : )