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March Madness is about to overtake us on the TV and in the newspapers,
so lets make our own basketball games that can be used anywhere!
Basketball in the Cup Game
1 7 ounce plastic cup 18-24 inches yarn or string 1 silk thread ornament permanent marker hole punch
1. Design cup to look like basketball net and hoop using permanent markers. 2. Punch a hole near lip of cup with hole punch. 3. Thread yarn through hole and tie a knot to secure yarn to cup. 4. Using permanent markers, draw line on ornament to make it look like a basketball. 5. Secure end of thread through the ornament loop and tie a knot.
Hold the cup in your hand and swing the string and ball outwards and
up, trying to catch the ball in the cup. Practice makes perfect!
Mesh Basketball Hoop Game
8 1/2" x 11" cardboard or poster board paper 12" of mesh ribbon 12" pipe cleaner permanent markers stapler Styrofoam ball hole punch rubber band or ribbon
1. Cut cardboard into a backboard shape of a "T" with only 3" on the leg of the T. 2. Decorate the backboard with whatever design you want (we used the printed alphabet). 3. Thread pipe cleaner in and out of every 3rd hole on top row of mesh ribbon to form the hoop. 4. Bend edges of ribbon around the leg of the T and staple on one side of the T. 5. Repeat process with other side of T. 6. Decorate the Styrofoam ball to look like a basketball. 7. Punch a hole in top of cardboard and tie a ribbon or rubber band through the hole. Hang on door to play ball.
Both of these crafts address several skills you are trying to develop
with your children. Knot tying and just threading the yarn or
string through the hole is one skill. Holding a marker and
marking on curved surfaces (as opposed to the usual flat surface) with
some degree of control. Once the games are assembled there the
playing of the games involve motor planning skills as well as eye-hand
coordination and timing skills. Changing the size of the ornament
ball or styrofoam ball will also affect the play of the game, so
consider this if you are making adaptions to these crafts.
S & S Worldwide sells a Hot Shot Basketball game that is similar to
the above Mesh Ball Game. They come in packs of 50 for
approximately $40.00, but you don't have to spend your time cutting out
the backboards, or assembling all the materials. You may want to
consider this for next year.