When I saw the brightly coloured plastic shot glasses at the supermarket I immediately put two packets in my trolley, along with two packets of clear plastic cups.
I was not planning to play drinking games at a raucous party till 3 am, I was planning on having a bit of a sleep in on the weekend.
How do plastic cups get you more sleep?
This is how…
They may look like boring old plastic cups, but I knew my boys wouldn’t be able to resist exploring something new, so I simply put the plastic cups (I added a few Ikea cups we had already) on the table before I went to bed and hoped.
I heard the boys get up in the morning, I heard them get themselves breakfast, then I heard them talking about the cups!
It wasn’t long till I heard the cups being stacked and un-stacked, I heard the boys challenging each other to build them higher, to stack them faster… and I dozed off and went back to sleep.
Sleep in for me! Thank you plastic cups!
My boys have played with these cheap plastic cups for weeks now.
Building, counting, making patterns, practicing their speed stacking skills, making cities for their figurines…
There is so much learning and playing to be done with some simple, cheap, plastic cups… and you might even get a sleep in!
Pick up some plastic cups next time you are at the supermarket, or save some from your next party and give one these awesome plastic cup activities and crafts a go.
20 Plastic Cup Crafts and Activities.
Plastic Cup Activities
100 cup challenge – from Busy Kids Happy Mom.
Can you build a pyramid without touching the cups? Try this team challenge from There’s Just One Mommy.
Make a pom pom shooter – from Come Together Kids
We want to get some more cups so we can make this huge cup wall – from Homegrown Friends
Try one of these cool engineering challenges – from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Make a memory game – from Preschool Toolkit
We love these story cups – from Play Trains
Make a plastic cup rocket launcher – from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Learn the cup song! – from Midnight Music
Make some swinging nerf targets – from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Try this architecture challenge – from Preschool Powol Packets
Make a number matching game – from Laughing Kids Learn.
Plastic Cup Crafts
Make a jelly fish – from Buggy and Buddy
Make some plastic cup twirlers – from I Can teach My Child
Make a simple wind chime – from Rainy Day Mum
These angel cup luminaries are gorgeous – from Molly Moo Crafts
Love this super simple, but gorgeous cup lantern – from PBS parents
Make a mini ghost pinata – from Red Ted Art
Make a mini drum – from Sunny Day Family
Make a cute little spider – from I Heart Crafty Things
What would your kids do with a heap of plastic cups?
Read the comments or scroll down to add your own:
maggy, red ted art says
Oh wow! An amazing set of ideas! Can’t wait to give some of these a go!!! Thank you so much for including our mini ghosts!!!! Much appreciated!
Christina @There's Just One Mommy says
I love how brightly colored those plastic cups are!
Isn’t it amazing how the simplest things can really entertain kids the longest?
Thank you for including our cup pyramid in this great resource of ideas.
Plastic cups are so awesome and I love the many different ways you can use them. Great post Kate.
Heather at Preschool Toolkit says
So many great activities to choose from. Thanks for including our memory game!