Kids get older and suddenly they’re not impressed with board games and similar entertainment. They want video games and expensive electronics, instead. Little kids, though, can still have hours of fun playing with simplistic games that have no batteries and don’t connect to a television set. Even something like a ring toss game will give your kid hours of fun. You can make a no-frills version in minutes or spend a little more time to make a ring toss that’s even nicer.
Craft stores generally have a large section where they sell flat pieces of wood. The wood can be found in shapes that are round, square or even star-shaped. These are perfect for creating the base for the ring toss game. Instead of choosing pieces of wood that are really thin select one that is a little thicker. The thicker wood prevents the ring toss from being knocked over when rings hit it.
Although you can use the wooden base piece as-is the finished game looks much nicer if you paint it. Give it a simple paint job or use the paint only as a background. Use colored tape, sticker dots or other means to decorate it. Other options include using rubber stamps to decorate or even rub-on appliques.
After the base is decorated the way you want you’ll then glue on a wooden dowel. You’ll find these sold in packs at most any craft store. The dowel can be any number of sizes, as far as diameter, but should not be really skinny or really fat. To decide on the length for the dowel you’ll need to know what types of rings you will be using.
Look in stores that sell birthday party stuff to find cheap novelty party favors. There, you’ll often find sets of plastic bracelets for little girls. Those bracelets are ideal to use as the rings for the game. Decide how many of the bracelets you’ll supply with each game then choose dowels that are nearly twice as tall as the stacked bracelets. The dowels are sold with several in a pack, but at home improvement stores, you can have one long dowel cut into smaller pieces at no charge. Paint the dowels or use them as they are. Glue one to the center of each base piece and the game is finished.
Don’t have a wooden base or any dowels? Use a thick piece of cardboard as the base. Poke a hole in the center then glue in a drinking straw. No matter what version of the game you make you can bet little kids will really enjoy it!