Large PUNCH CUP GAME - carnival PRIZE IDEA - easy, fun, & inexpensive - Classroom - school incentive for kids

I absolutely love this game!!
Remember the bee themed library celebration 2 years ago?
 I was tasked with coming up with a large scale game that was great for all ages, inexpensive, could be delegated to a group to assemble, and easy to setup and run the day of the event. WHEW!!! I thought of so many ideas but kept coming back to this concept.

So I made a mini version and presented it to the board for approval.

Now the hard part....delegating. I'm a perfectionist and other people, well, some think glue strings are okay, don't care if it's symmetrical, and so what if it's not cut straight. Of course those things matter!!!!!!!

I purchased most of the novelty items at Party City and found some really good value packs.

Pre-cut tissue paper templates and purchased the cups, rubber bands, and foam core boards.

Just like the test version of the game, I also ran a test version of delegating with my boys. We worked out anything that might need extra instructions so I wasn't super bossy the day of assembly. I did twitch quite a bit but I think overall I handled it well. :P

Day of assembly:

Tissue paper cutters

Toy fillers

Cup cover-ers x 2

I suggested covering the cups as a two person job. One person wrap the tissue around the cup and hold tight in place and the second person add the rubber band. This worked well since it's hard to get the tissue on tight doing it one handed and I also found that the styrofoam cups crush easily.

We stored all the cups in large storage bins.

Everything done in 1 hour!!!

The only thing I couldn't delegate was attaching the cups to the boards. I wanted a pattern, perfectly straight, and exactly the same on each board. 

I put all the board on the table and started lining the cups.
Alternating color and testing placement. 5 rows of 9 on each board.

To attach I added hot glue on the bottom of each cup. 

I made 5 boards of 45.

I spent about an hour in the workroom at the library with a glue gun in hand and perfectly placed each cup. Ahhh my happy place.

Since they were all even they stacked well for storage until the day of the event. 

TIP: I used a sharp exacto knife and made a tiny X in the center of each cup so they would rip and not pull the tissue down. 

My son ran the game and had a blast!! 

The aftermath :)

I think this would be awesome for a school carnival or classroom incentive game or party. So fun and easy.

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  1. Love it!! Thank you for sharing this creative idea and details for how to set it up.
    I will be trying it out for my church's Fall Festival this year!

    1. Wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to comment!