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Welcome to Day 2 of our 10-day Newspaper Activities series. Yesterday we began the series with the creation of a newspaper gift bow. Something simple yet useful for those last minute presents you have to wrap. Today we are going to look at something slightly different that the kids are sure to enjoy–Newspaper Sports!
Yes, you read that right. Did you know that you can play several sports indoors with the use of newspaper?! Talk about fun for the whole family. I can tell you right now, these sports are great for Friday family nights or rainy day adventures. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Newspaper Miniature Golf
Our first sport is newspaper miniature golf. To play this sport all you need is a large cardboard tube such as a wrapping paper tube, one sheet of newspaper crumpled into a ball, and a container for the hole (we used a square shaped plastic container because it didn’t roll around and wouldn’t break if whacked with the cardboard tube).
To play, set your hole or holes around the room then designate a starting place for your newspaper ball. Take turns hitting the newspaper ball into the hole counting each strike as you go. The person who gets the newspaper ball into the hole in the least amount of hits wins.
To make this activity more challenging you can always add obstacles such as pillows, stairs, or furniture. You could easily turn this into a 9-hole or 18-hole event by placing a hole in each room and hallway.
Our next sport is newspaper bowling. To play this game you will need one sheet of newspaper crumpled into a ball and 6-10 empty plastic water bottles or toilet tissue tubes. To play, set the toilet tissue tubes in a bowling pin-like arrangement such that if hit from the front the first tube would be able to knock over the other tubes. Next, designate a starting line some distance from the “bowling pins.” Throw the newspaper ball to knock down the pins. Want to keep score and make it official? Try this free scoring app, use this online bowing calculator or print off one of Apollo’s free Bowling Score Sheets.
For this next sport you will probably want several sheets of newspaper crumpled into balls and a container to toss the newspaper balls into. We used an umbrella and hung it from the door. You could just as easily place a large bucket or laundry basket on top of a cabinet or table. Just use whatever you have. To play, throw the ball into the basket. Once the players get the hang of this, play games such as H-O-R-S-E or First One to Twenty-One just as you would the regular basketball versions only don’t try to bounce the ball; you won’t have much luck. To make it even more basketball-like you could create a miniature basketball court by using masking tape to mark the floor. Just remember to take the tape up when you’re done. Tape left too long on carpet or wood flooring can leave a mark. Another option would also be to create a chalk-marked floor if you have a low level carpet. The nice thing about this option is when you are done all you have to do is vacuum up the chalk and the floor becomes just as clean as before.
Newspaper Beach Ball Toss
This last newspaper sport is especially for the little tikes. Teacup loved this activity. To make your beach ball, crumple up LOTS of newspaper sheets and place in a large kitchen trash bag. Now tie the trash bag have fun tossing. There’s no scoring involved with this game; it’s just fun!
Got a newspaper sport of your own that you like to do with your family? Please share. I’d love to hear about it.
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An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 2 Timothy 2:5
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