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Chances are your kids are familiar with the the classic and timeless ball and cup game. The goal is simple, get the ball into the cup. With no difficult rules to follow, this intuitive game is a winner each time. Here’s an easy DIY toy version you can make with something you probably already have at home – paper tubes!

Show off your kids’ art on them to personalize this easy toy to make even more.

DIY Paper Tube Ball and Cup Game – Materials:

– Paper tubes (use toilet paper tubes or cut paper towel rolls)

Yarn or string

– Markers (we love these Funchalk markers for their bright colors)

– 1 1/2″ wooden beads


Step 1. Have your child draw designs on the paper tubes

Step 2. Thread yarn through your bead and tie off, leaving about two inches hanging. Then thread through the paper tube and tie off.

You’re done! Now time to play with your new ball and cup game. Try to get the ball inside the paper tube.

Such a simple and fun game that takes minutes to make. This would make a cute party craft for kids to take home as favors!

What are your favorite paper tube crafts to make? Check out 40 more DIY toys to make and tons more creative projects for kids!


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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.