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Toss and Score For Children & Adults

Updated on November 4, 2015

Stuck indoors? It's time for some fun, even competition!

To create a meaningful game, you need just two different things,

The first is some of those metal lids from frozen orange juice concentrate, and/or other such lids you can save each time you get ready to throw away those metal ends (and you can accumulate them twice as fast, if you save both ends.)

The second thing needed for this game is either a metal wastebasket, or a large metal cooking pot with a wide, circular top. For a quieter game a plastic wastebasket, especially a soft plastic wastebasket can be substituted.

To enhance scoring possibilities you may find that some of those frozen orange juice ends are marked as "100% Florida Orange Juice" concentrate, and others of those metal lids may have other designs that give you a distinguishable variety of lids.

When you have a dozen or more of the lids, the game can begin, and it is a simple one based on tossing the lids into the wastebasket or cooking pot from some distance away that a parent establishes, or one agreed on by the child or children participating.

The idea of using a metal wastebasket or metal cooking pot is to add some sound to the game when successful tosses score a "ringer" entering the container. The idea of the softer wastebasket is to reduce the level of sound the children really do enjoy, to a level that just might permit a baby to sleep or a parent's already jangled nerves to survive.

If you were able to save a variety of lids already having different markings, those peculiar lids can be given different point values from the plain lids. That can also be accomplished by adding small pieces of masking tape each showing a 5, 10, or 25 number designating a higher value for some lids than for others.

This is a skill game of eye/hand coordination, adaptable by adjusting the distance from tosser to container according to such things as age, skill, handicaps, etc.

The game can also be played using ping pong balls, or other reasonable objects, but it need not be expensive to find the needed ingredients to set up the game which can be played by one child as a skill game, or several children, even a mix of children and adults for a competitive game of skill.

No fancy equipment is needed, other than what has been mentioned, along with paper and pencil for keeping players' scores.

This is a child-tested game that can also bring out the child in an adult.


Add your own rules for scoring, teams, etc.

All You Really Need

Lids and potential targets.  Children like the "metal on metal sounds" the best.
Lids and potential targets. Children like the "metal on metal sounds" the best. | Source


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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      And now it is a simple, cost-free game for the rest of the holidays.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      FlourishAnyway - This game works anytime, indoors or out, adults involved or not. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      4 years ago from USA

      While Thanksgiving is cooking, I bet many youngsters will need their attention occupied. This is one idea to keep them from being under foot!

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Thanks for tossing your comment my way.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I say, "Let the games begin!"

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      BlossomSB - The best part may be that this competition is something most family's can put together quickly and inexpensively.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Simple and effective! A great idea - and at no expense, either, except a small amount of energy expended preparing it. The simplest are often the best, too.

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      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Excellent idea. I've got the grands a lot the next couple of days. Today they were sorting laundry standing on the couch and tossing each item into the correct laundry baskets on the floor. At 2 and 3 1/2 Points aren't necessary. Thanks!


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