Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
1 sheet of paper
3 craft sticks
Glue (just a drop of Tacky glue works great)
Gimp/Craft Lace or thick string(I found that gimp works best because it doesn't tangle easily- especially if you have several people playing with theirs at once)
Step 2: Glue the Sticks
Step 3: Making the Ball
Crumple your sheet of paper (a little smaller than a ping pong ball) and tightly wrap it with masking tape. 2 pieces works. Wrap the first piece going left to right↔ and the second piece going up and down ↕, sort of making it look like a wrapped present or a + .
Crumple it again.
Be sure to crumple it firmly, so it will be tight.
Step 4: Tape the String
*When it comes to the string, you can make it longer but just know that the longer it is, the more difficult the game will be. The ball will be more difficult to control. I found that for my 1st graders, 18" was a good level of difficulty.
Step 5: Decorate the Ball
Two strips 3 or 4 inches in length, that are cut the long way work well. (see picture)
Use the same + wrapping technique we used earlier with the masking tape. Wrap it tightly, and use smaller pieces of duct tape to cover any places where masking tape still shows. Again, be sure not to cover too much string.
Squeeze it so the entire ball packs in tightly.
Step 6: Tie It On
Tie the empty end of the string to a side of the triangle.
Again, try not to use too much string. You really don't want a short string.
*Kids may need help with this. I tell them it's like the first step of tying your shoes. The "x-part" as they call it, and then the "x-part" again.
Step 7: Play Time!
Hopefully you'll play! Hold the triangle on the opposite side of wherever the string is tied and move it up and down to make the ball toss into the air. This is just like a ball and cup toy except the goal is to get the ball into the middle of the triangle.
*Try it against your friends! See who completely wraps their string around the triangle first or set a timer to see who gets it in the most times in a minute. You can tell how many times by counting the string wraps that form on the side of the triangle.