Have Bored Kids? This Reader Made a DIY Ping Pong Game Using Items From the Recycling Bin!

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DIY ping pong game

Trying to keep the kids entertained?

“Mom, I’m bored!”…sound familiar? During times like these, we’re all trying to figure out how to entertain our kids while staying at home. Hip2Save reader, Melinda, created a DIY Ping Pong game using items from the recycling bin and things she already had on hand – and the kids loved it. What a fun idea for the whole family!

plastic cups for ping pong game

As a mother of three school-aged children, I’ve been looking for fun, frugal ways to keep them entertained during this “Stay at Home” order due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

cardboard display on kitchen table

This morning it took me about ten minutes to assemble this ping pong game similar to the “Car Pong” game on “Let’s Make a Deal.” The supplies I used include a large cardboard box, a cardboard piece for a backboard, a small cardboard box to raise the large box, yogurt cups, glue, tape, and ping pong balls.

I included small prizes to peak their interest. I offered coins and candy I purchased at 70% off after Valentine’s Day at Target (thanks to Hip2Save for alerting me to this deal!).

hand throwing ball into ping pong game

The object of the game is to bounce the ping pong ball once on the table and then get it in a cup. I placed coins in the cups and empty cups resulted in a candy prize of their choice. To assemble, simply glue the yogurt cups down, tape the cardboard backboard to the box, and you’re set to play!

The kids had lots of fun earning prizes and trying to increase their skill.

This is such a fun idea for kids and adults alike! 😊

So if you’re looking for something fun to do at home this weekend, consider making your own Ping Pong game and have the entire family join in! Thank you, Melinda, for this awesome idea!


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Comments 4

  1. thrift

    Super cute idea!

  2. Lr

    Love this! Excited to do this with my kids today! Thank you

  3. JulietteY

    Thanks Melinda!

  4. SFH

    Make sure to disinfect first. Virus lives on cardboard several days.

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