For a museum exhibit on President’s Day, Travis got to play with old-fashioned toys in honor of George Washington, including wooden favorites like a Jacob’s Ladder and a cup-and-ball toss. So he was eager to craft this whale-tastic take on the latter at home. (Fun fact: the game dates back to the 14th century! Admittedly, this cetacean update from Kiwi Co. is a bit newer).
Ideally, start with blue plastic cups for your whales. We only had paper cups, which got a nice coat of blue paint.
Travis was so excited once they were dry! Punch a hole in the bottom of each cup, and thread through a three-foot long piece of yarn. Tie it in a loop around the cup.
Tie a wooden bean onto the other end of the yarn – this is the “krill” for the whale to eat.
Next, we traced the cup onto white paper, and cut out.
Cut the circle in half, then cut little strips into it to make fringed “baleen.” I was really proud of Travis’s scissor skills here.
I cut out a tail and fin template for him, which he then traced onto blue paper and cut out. Again, loved watching his fine motor skills.
Finally, we taped these pieces – tail, fins, and baleen, along with two googly eyes – onto each whale.
Hold the cup and swing the bead, and see if your whale can eat it. Here goes!
This was a great game, and since we made two, we could challenge one another to a competition.