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Saran Wrap Ball Surprise With a Twist

Updated on April 11, 2020
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Randi enjoys all kinds of arts and crafts and is always looking for fun ways to express herself!

The Finished Product

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What is the Saran Wrap Ball Challenge Twist?

While this is a game that is usually played in groups and at parties, we are currently practicing social distancing. We are not attending parties or social events. Instead we are looking for ways to entertain our children/grandchildren. We are looking for ways to connect with loved ones and ways to delight and surprise them. Many people will be spending birthdays and other occasions in isolation. Some people are in quarantine. Kids are home and bored. So I decided to come up with a twist that enables us to do this without the party.

Entertain Kids and Adults

This challenge truly has no boundaries. You can make up any rules and fill it with anything you like. You can make it for an individual or members of the same household. You can make it fun or funny. You can make the gifts expensive or inexpensive. Let your creativity fly! I have outlined suggestions for play in the next paragraph.

Easter Surprise Ball

After preparing my surprise ball, I thought about all the children missing out on Easter Egg Hunts this year. To make their hunts fun and interesting, how about making an Easter themed saran wrap ball for each of the kids in your home?

You will need:

  • Fill-able plastic eggs
  • Toys and candy small enough to fit in the eggs
  • Egg/Easter themed chocolates and toys to fill in around the eggs
  • You can even use Easter basket grass. That would camouflage the gifts and help round out the ball!
  • Between 100 and 200 feet of saran wrap per ball.

Suggestions For Your Surprise Ball

Decide who it will be for
Will it be for an individual?
Will it be for multiple people?
Pick a theme
It can be age related. You can use their favorite hobbies, etc.
Pick something that works for varied ages, likes and dislikes.
Gather gifts, candy and/or money
In addition, can put in personalized notes for a fun touch!
You can also put in challenges like allowing an extra turn. IE.:take/lose another turn..
Clear a space for your preparation
Can you keep it hidden?
Will anyone be helping you?
Other considerations. You can determine how it will be used.
Even if for an individual, will there be a game? Are there rules? Or are you just going to let them go at it?
This can also be a reward program. If they finish a tough assignment or help with chores around the house, they can unroll a bit.

Step by Step Instructions to Creating Your Surprise

Gather everything you will be using. Mine was created for a 7 year old.
Gather everything you will be using. Mine was created for a 7 year old. | Source
I started with the biggest toy to make the center.
I started with the biggest toy to make the center. | Source
Since I wanted the final gift to be a little more special, I added cash to the back of it.
Since I wanted the final gift to be a little more special, I added cash to the back of it. | Source
After 2 wraps of the saran, I added some candy and a small toy.
After 2 wraps of the saran, I added some candy and a small toy. | Source
I continued adding layers and goodies  to round it out. Each rotation or two. I twisted the saran both to change directions. After several rotations, I cut the saran and started a new one. This makes it easier to open especially for small hands
I continued adding layers and goodies to round it out. Each rotation or two. I twisted the saran both to change directions. After several rotations, I cut the saran and started a new one. This makes it easier to open especially for small hands | Source
I continued wrapping, filling, twisting and cutting until my ball was about 9".
I continued wrapping, filling, twisting and cutting until my ball was about 9". | Source
I made sure to put some enticing things at the beginning to spark some excitement.. When I was done I gave it a few wraps for good measure.
I made sure to put some enticing things at the beginning to spark some excitement.. When I was done I gave it a few wraps for good measure. | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Randi Benlulu

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    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      11 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Peggy! I would say it’s a great idea to reuse the Saran Wrap when possible! It was a fun activity both for me to prepare and for him to open! Our next project will be an indoor scavenger hunt!

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      Peggy Woods 

      11 months ago from Houston, Texas

      It sounds like a fun unwrapping project, especially for little ones. Perhaps the Saran wrap could be reused to make new gifts or used in other manners? Everyone is trying to share ideas on how to make our stay-at-home days more engaging and fun. It sounds like you are doing it beautifully.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      12 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Ruby! We gave it to my grandson and he loved it! I had my camera in hand and still forgot to take a picture!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is such a clever idea, and I bet the kids would love them. Thanks for sharing.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      12 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Bill!

      It’s funny what a little quarantine can do for you! I actually started writing on Hubpages eight years ago when I broke my foot! Thanks for reading it! Happy Easter to you!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      12 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      FlourishAnyway yes in my family it was meant to keep a little one busy while his mom was at work (in the next room!) Thank you for reading!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I almost forgot your HP name and skipped this. It's good to see you writing again, my friend. Happy Easter to you!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      I’m sure this is an entertaining and fun way to pass some time or even use as a reward for some of that home school work. (It’s not easy being a teacher when you weren’t planning on it)

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