Do-it-yourself ring toss game

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Here's a fun activity to keep the kids busy for the upcoming winter months. A couple of years ago, I put together a ring toss game for the company picnic and thought others might like to do the same. I took pictures as I built it and they are now ParentDish's first photo gallery. Before you get worried that you're not the DIY-type, know that I am the very antithesis of handy. This is easy.

First, you're going to need a whole lot of small water or soda bottles. I used sport-top, 24oz water bottles, but I imagine the 20oz soda bottles would work just as well. Your life will be much, much simpler if your bottles are all identical. Also, the longer the neck, the better. You'll need at least twenty bottles; I used thirty and it seemed a good size. You'll also need some packing tape and rings.

You're going to be assembling rows of bottles, so you need figure out, based on the number of bottles you have, how big your game will be. If you have twenty bottles, you'll have five rows of four bottles. With thirty bottles, you'll end up with five bottles in each of six rows. You can go as big as you like, but it starts to get unwieldy after a while.

Step 1: Layout one row's worth of bottles. I used a roll of wrapping paper to make sure they were lined up on the bottom. Use packing tape to strap them together. Flip the row over and do the other side as well. Set the row aside. Repeat until you have all your rows assembled. Note that if you have bottles of different colors, or with different colored caps, you may want to assemble them in a pattern to give you the option of assigning different point or prize values to different colors. Note, however, that caps may be able to be swapped around after the game is completed.

Step 2: Assemble the rows together. I found it easiest to put two rows on top of each other on the edge of a table, hanging off a bit. This allows you to tape the ends of the rows together without trying to hold them or having the table get in the way. Continue until all your rows are taped together.

Now you're ready to play! You need some rings; I found some plastic (hopefully, without any lead!) bracelets at a dollar store that worked great. It was a package of five in various bright colors for a buck.

Put the game down in an open area -- this should be fine for indoors, by the way -- and stand back a ways. Toss the rings and try to get them over the necks of a bottle. Jared and Sara, and the other kids at the picnic, had a blast playing this, although Sara wasn't quite clear on the whole concept at first.

So there you go -- your very own ring toss game for those drizzly, rainy days when going outside isn't an option.

Do-It-Yourself Ring Toss Game(click thumbnails to view gallery)

Step 1 - Asssembling a rowStep 1 continuedStep 1 continuedStep 1 continuedStep 2 - Connecting rows

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.