There’s something about rolling things down a ramp that kids just love. Here are some old fashioned kids’ games that require little more than a roll of masking tape and a ramp. The games are filled with strategy and will hold your child’s full focus and attention from beginning to end. Best of all, there’s nothing to plug in, no batteries, no bells or buzzers–just good old fashioned ingenuity.
Here’s what to do:
1. Pick up a few rolls of masking tape if you don’t already have some around the house.
2. How to make a ramp: Use a flattened gift box, the back of a notebook or the face of a cereal box and lean it on top of a stack of books. Adjust the height of the books as needed during play. (Note– each player makes a separate ramp.)
Games to Play:
Game 1: See who can roll the tape the furthest. Each player uses a separate ramp. This way, each player can make unique adjustments to the ramp based on a particular strategy. The player who rolls the tape the furthest scores a point. Now roll again. The first player to reach ten points wins. (Variation: see what happens if you tape coins to the inner circle of the roll of masking tape.)
Game 2: See how many turns it takes to knock down a target. To play, set up an empty paper towel roll approximately six feet away from your ramp. Place three or four pennies under one edge of the paper towel dispenser so that it will fall down easy when struck (because it’s leaning). Another good target is a ‘T’ made from leaning two playing cards together. Player one rolls as many times as necessary to knock down the target. Now it’s player two’s turn. The player with the fewest turns wins.
Game 3: Same as game two, except each player rolls ten times. The player who is able to knock down the target the most times wins.
Game 4: Place a target on the floor approximately ten feet away from your ramp. A penny makes the perfect target. Each player rolls once. The one who comes closest to the target scores a point. The first player to score ten points wins. (Variation: the player who scores a point gets to choose a new location for the target.)
Game 5: Place a piece of string on the floor approximately five feet away from your ramp. Each player rolls once. The player who rolls the closest to the string without going past it scores a point. Roll again. The first player to score ten points wins. (Variation: For added challenge, tape a few pencils to the floor to create bumps in the road.)
Rolling masking tape down a ramp offers plenty of old fashioned games for kids. The games invite trial and error problem solving, the use of a ruler, and simple counting procedures. The games also invite your child to invent new ways to play. Don’t be surprised to wake up to find your child has made an elaborate tunnel and is busy practicing. Best of Luck!