Ice-Cream Cone Catch Game

Based on the traditional ‘cup-and-ball’ game this ice-cream cone catch game is perfect for last-of-the-summertime fun. I originally made these as one of the activities for Lile and Sábha's 6th birthday party (which I never got around to telling you about!) and they were a big hit. There were pom-poms flying in all directions and it was lovely to see the children so happy with such a simple, old-fashioned activity.

I had our party guests customise their cones with stickers and markers (mostly just to eke a little more time out of it) but they work just as well without embellishment.

You Will Need:

Coloured Card
Plate (to draw around)
Coloured wool/yarn
Pom-pom maker
Pencil, Ruler, Scissors, Stapler and Tape

1. Draw around your plate to make a half-circle on your coloured card. Use a ruler to mark out the rest of the shape you need - drawing a line from the centre point of the flat edge to where the number two would be on a clock face.

2. Cut the shape out and fold the card into a cone shape. Staple it in place and add a line of tape to secure.
3. Next make a pom-pom. For speed - you can use the pom-pom gadgets that can be found in all good craft shops or cut two circles of card and do it the old fashioned way! You’ll want your pom-pom to be large enough to just sit into the wide end of the cone. Choose lovely ice-cream coloured yarn for effect.
4. Leave a long piece of yarn attached when tying off your pom-poms. This will then be fed through the tiny hole that should be at the narrow end of your cone. Tie a decent knot in the end of the yarn and secure with some tape or another staple.
5. Now for the fun! Start by leaving the pom pom hanging down. Then try to flip it up and catch it inside the cone. It’s not as easy as it sounds!
Note: This craft originally appeared in the June/July 2016 edition of Easy Parenting magazine.

For another craft involving pompoms, check out these Perpetual Dandelion Wishes:

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