Milk Jug Keep Away
If you've got extra milk jugs laying around your house, why not put them to use? Beat summer boredom with this activity that uses milk containers and old newspaper to create a fun and competitive game of catch or keep away! Toss a ball between two players, catching it in a gallon milk jug! You'll teach your child about recycling by using old items to create a whole new game. It's a great activity to beat boredom and stay active.
What You Need:
- 2 empty plastic milk or juice containers, gallon-size
- Masking tape
- Crumpled newspaper
What You Do:
- Cut about four inches off the top of the plastic containers to make scoops. Be sure to leave the handles intact.
- Help your child cover the sharp plastic edges with strips of masking tape.
- Hand your child an old piece of newspaper and invite him to crumple it into a ball. Maintain the shape by covering it with masking tape.
- Start the game with four players, two on each team, and give each player their own container.
- Mark a spot for a goal on either side of the playing area, and have each team start on its own side.
- The object of the game is to keep the ball away from the opposing team by tossing it between players while trying to cross over to the other team's goal. If the ball lands on the floor, scoop it up with the jug! Each goal equals one point.
- The first team to score 3 points is the winner! Another less-competitive alternative for this game is to play "catch" using the jugs in place of mitts. That way, everyone has an equal chance to scoop and toss! Play indoors or outdoors with two or more players.