Sunday 26 January 2014

Home game - Score it!

I've been frequently collecting trash for unknown purposes, but I knew this embedded habit of mine will be of good use some day. One afternoon, while the kids were gleefully painting outdoor, I went through my stash for egg cartons. I had a simple game invention in mind. A funfair, game stall inspired thought.

All you need:
  • Egg cartons
  • 3 or more colour paint
  • Brushes
  • Light small ball
  • Pen and papers for scores 

Our colourful tray of dips

It was easy! Since the kids had brushes and paint on hand, I borrowed manpower to paint the egg cartons. We worked with 6 different colours.

Score reference
Dips that were painted the least times of colour, carried the heaviest point. For the remaining, we assigned randomly. With that, we came up with a scoring system.

Game's ready! Set a considerable distance from the egg cartons and ball thrower, give each thrower 3 tries to score. The game explains itself, the highest scorer after 3 tries, wins! And trust me, I thought it was an easy game, but not. Even with 3 tries, I had my ball out of the cartons, giving me 0 score. Build more cartons if you like!  

Moral of game - I thought I could get Jazz to work on her addition, but it was too many numbers to sum up for her. In any case, I grabbed opportunity to reinforce her Chinese and drilled Jare into characters recognition. I communicated the game in Mandarin, but it was alot of effort to get Jare engaged in Chinese. And, while painting, we went through the colours equation:
Blue + Yellow = Green, Blue + Red = Purple, Yellow + Red = Orange!

A simple game, but the kids got really excited over this self made game. Jazz is so much into game invention now. How did I just realized we didn't need to invest too much in paid toys?!!!


  1. This is so creative! And I like that it is easy to make, haha. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Great use of your egg cartons! Love how it's such a simple idea and yet lots of fun.

  3. Very clever! And a great way to encourage kids to learn in a fun way. *impressed*

    1. Hi Deb, thanks! Shall source for more inspirations.


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