Simple Throwing Games with Ping Pong Balls

I picked up six coloured ping pong balls for $1 the other day and just *knew* I wanted to make some throwing games with them! Here are four ways that we played with them.

Simple Throwing Games

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The first thing we tried was throwing the balls into cups. I happened to have some plastic cups in the same colour as the balls, so I set them all out for F.

Simple Throwing Games with Ping Pong Balls

However, it was too easy for him to just match up the colors, and too hard for him to throw the balls into the cups from any decent distance.

Simple Throwing Games with Ping Pong Balls

Time for plan B! I cut out rings from craft foam in the corresponding colors. At first I placed them on the floor.

Simple Throwing Games with Ping Pong Balls

This worked well, with F either dropping the balls in from above, or carefully placing them.

Simple Throwing Games with Ping Pong Balls

I wanted to encourage more of a throwing action so I put the rings in the bath. They float really well and ping pong balls were such fun to throw onto water – they were so light that they didn’t make much of a splash. Before F got into the tub I showed him how to throw the balls in.

Simple Throwing Games with Ping Pong Balls

Then he got into the bath and finished placing the balls that had missed the rings.

Simple Throwing Games with Ping Pong Balls

And as this game worked so well in the bath, we had to try it at the water table!

Simple Throwing Games with Ping Pong Balls

Again F did a mixture of placing, dropping and throwing – but always got the colors right.

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