Can Toss Tumble

We created this game for my 7-year-old's carnival themed birthday party. It was such an easy and inexpensive game to put together, and the kids loved it! You could alter this to fit any theme or just use it to keep the kids active when it's too cold to go outside.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather all materials. We made two sets of this game and used aluminum cans for one set and cardboard oatmeal containers for the other. The bigger cans were easier for the younger kids to hit.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    We washed all of the cans out and left them to dry completely. Our can-opener cuts a smooth edge, but if you have jagged edges on your cans, be sure to cover them with masking tape or painter's tape to keep the kids from cutting themselves.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    While the cans were drying, we selected a bunch of different scrapbooking papers. You could also use construction paper or any other type of paper. Rather than measuring the paper, we used the can to mark how long our strip of paper needed to be.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Then, we used a paper cutter to slice the scrapbook paper into strips. My older kids are getting pretty good at using the paper cutter.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    My 8-year-old glued the strips of paper and wrapped them around the cans. She was very careful to smooth out all the bubbles and was very particular about trying to get them straight.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    We found that using a thin line of tacky glue on the edges helped to hold the paper into place.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    Then, my 3-year-old helped us decorate some of the cans with glitter glue. You could also use stickers, markers, or any other craft materials to jazz up your cans.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    Once everything was dry, we set them up and the kids had a blast knocking them down. This was a great activity for the younger kids to work on their large motor skills (throwing a ball) and their counting skills to see how many they knocked down. My 2-year-old loved setting the cans back up in a tower.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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