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Tabletop Tetherball

A Game for 2 Players

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For spur-of-the-moment competition that tests your child’s concentration and scoring skills, this little game can’t be beat. Keep several mini-tetherball games around the house, wherever you tend to gather. Take turns, kids—that’s how the game is played.
Tabletop Tetherball
What You’ll Need
  • Scissors
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Jumbo straw
  • Yarn
  • Chenille stick
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Small Styrofoam ball
What to Do
  1. Cut two circles from corrugated cardboard. Cover one with scrapbook paper. Poke a hole in the center of the circle.
  2. Cut two slits at one end of a jumbo straw. Cut a piece of yarn twice as long as the straw. Cut a chenille stick just longer than the straw. Thread the yarn and chenille stick through the straw.  
  3. Dab glue into the hole in the circle. Push the split end of the straw through the hole and tape the ends of the straw, chenille stick, and yarn to the underside of the circle. Glue the second cardboard circle onto the bottom of the first circle, covering the tape.
  4. Cut a slit in the top of the straw, and anchor the yarn by sliding it through the slit. Tape a small Styrofoam ball to the end of the yarn.

To Play: Players take turns trying to wrap the yarn around the straw by flicking the ball. One player hits clockwise, the other counterclockwise. Players earn a point each time the yarn wraps all the way around the pole in their direction. The first player to score five points wins.

Extend the Fun

For younger kids: Trying to decide who goes first? Sits in the front seat? Gets the biggest piece of cake? A quick game of tabletop tetherball determines the outcome. Or change the game into tennis tetherball. Make little racquets cut from cardboard to hit a yellow Styrofoam tetherball.

For older kids: Look for a full-size tetherball in a public park—a tall metal pole holds a volleyball-size ball on a rope. The game is great fun and good exercise. Fun fact: If you violate the rules by grabbing the rope instead of the ball, it’s called a goofy.

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