July 4, 2012

Last minute games - - with paper products!

So you've planned your 4th of July Festivities including food and fireworks - - and you've eaten a yummy BBQ dinner and are waiting for it to get dark enough for fireworks - - but you're realizing you should have planned games to fill the wait time..... Don't Worry - - I've got some ideas for you!!  I also have ideas for fun printables for decoration and indoor games, so be sure to read til the bottom....

Bean Bag Toss - - take those leftover paper plates, use a marker to write points on the plates (mine are 10, 20, 30, 40, 50) and find some bean bags - instant game!  If you don't have any bean bags, you could make some super quick - these took me about 10 minutes, and they even have a fun star on them.  I saw an idea like this over at Chica and Jo.
 Milk Jug Toss - Grab some empty milk cartons and cut off the bottom.  If you want to fancy them up, you can use some colored duct tape.  To make the ball I wrapped some tape around a wad of newspaper.  You can play catch one person to another, or you can throw the ball up and catch it yourself.  This is really fun!  I saw this idea at cub scout day camp, and you can see a similar idea at Lakeshore Learning.

Over Under - this idea was from my mom.  I want to get some pictures of it in action, so stay tuned for those - but for now you'll need to use your imagination.  Take an empty pop bottle leftover from the BBQ, and poke a bunch of holes in it - you can decorate it with stickers like me, but it's not necessary.  Fill it with water.  Obviously it will leak out the holes so you need to keep it in a bucket/cooler full of water to prevent that.  When it's time to play, take it out and pass it down a line, over one person, under one person, over one person, under the next, etc.  To make it a relay, make 2 lines of people and use 2 pop bottles.  This will be fun in the heat....

Ping Pong Toss - - take some cups leftover from your cookout, and attach them to a board - I used thumbtacks, but you could use hot glue or anything you think will work.  Stand back and try to throw in pin pong balls - it's harder than you think!  I saw a similar idea at Green Acres Hobby Farm.

Need some indoor ideas??  
I gathered these from around the internet:

Coloring Pages

Printable Decor from Landee See, Landee Do:
4th of July Bingo from Makoodle:

Printable Decor from This n That:

Matching Game from Family Fun:
Patriotic Matching Game

Paper Lanterns from The Crafting Chicks:

And don't forget - - use a few of those sparklers tonight to take photos while writing words - here's a Photo Tip on How to Write with Light:

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

4 Fabulous Comments:

Happy 4th to you too. I hope it is a relaxing day for you....

These are great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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