Paper Plate Ring Toss
We recently celebrated my son's 7th birthday with a Carnival themed birthday party. We made all of our own games using materials that we had at home. The kids had a great time making the games and even more fun playing them at the party! Best of all, we have some fun games to keep us entertained when it's too cold to go outside!
How We Did It
Gather all materials. We used 6 cheap white paper plates and some scrap poster board. We also used markers to decorate our game to coordinate with the party theme.
I let my younger kids paint the paper plates using finger paints. They had a great time, but this ended up causing a lot more mess and difficulty than necessary. The finger paints made the plates very flimsy, which wasn't a problem once they dried. I ended up letting the older kids paint a second coat on the plates with sponge brushes once the plates dried. Next time, we'd just paint them the first time with regular washable paints.
We also found that it was easier to cut the circle out of the middle of the plates before we painted them. It took us a few plates to figure out a good system, but we decided that cutting and then painting with the brushes was easiest.
While the plates dried, we painted the cardboard tubes black. We used two paper plate tubes and one toilet paper roll for our game.
Once the tubes dried, we used tacky glue to connect the tubes to our strip of poster board.
Since we were using this game for a birthday party, we used the markers to write the name of the game on the poster board and decorate. The game was a huge hit. We gave the kids a ticket for each ring that they got on a cardboard tube.