Penny Toss

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On the heels of our Mouse Hole Roll, Travis and I added a penny toss to our indoor circus and carnival games!

To start, we needed three different colors of construction paper and round items to trace. You can turn this into a hunt for circular items around the house if your kids are learning their shapes. Records were perfect for the middle and smallest circles, but I had to free-hand the largest circle since we didn’t have anything round that was quite that big.

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Glue the circles together and let dry.

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Colored-in clown templates add a nice decorative touch.

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Then it’s time to play!

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Travis wasn’t quite as into the penny toss as he was with the mouse hole game, but we got in some good tosses.

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His first few attempts bounced quite far off the circles, which I could see surprised him. So it was good motor skills practice to learn more precise aim.

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Mouse Hole Roll

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Travis and I made a bit of an indoor circus over the long holiday weekend, including a few cute carnival game ideas we spotted online. The first we put together was a mouse hole rolling game.

To start, you’ll need any box; cut off the flaps and set one flap aside for decoration later. Discard the remaining flaps.

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The box doesn’t have to be huge, but the one we had on hand was a fairly good sized. This ended up being great though – it is by far the largest surface Travis and I have ever painted together, and he was gleeful, deciding it was almost like being a house painter.

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We slathered three sides and the top in blue paint.

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We also painted the remaining flap, then set both aside to dry (safely in the bathroom where little boys and cats wouldn’t bump into them and become covered in wet paint!)

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Once dry, our game needed a few final touches. Adults: cut three holes from the bottom to be the mouse hole goals. Kids can then color in mouse templates (we found ours online) and glue on.

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Dot markers and the name of the game adorned our cardboard flap, which I then hot glued to the top of the box.

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To play the game, simply take turns rolling golf balls or ping pong balls at the target, and see who can get the most little mice into the holes!

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Feet work too, of course.

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Needless to say, this game was a big hit.

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