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Learning fun ways to play and games to create using home goods and recycled materials. Written and curated by Joyce Hemphill for the US Play Coalition.

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Playing from Scratch – Jianzi, an ancient Chinese game that uses a shuttlecock. Play To Learn, Fun Learning, Chinese, Game, Venison, Gaming, Toy, Chinese Language, Games

Playing from Scratch - Jianzi - US Play Coalition

Source: ©2015. Joyce Hemphill, Laura Scheinholtz, and Heather Von Bank and adapted from The Power of Playful Learning Jianzi (pronounced schi-an-tshe) is a Chinese game that uses a shuttlecock. The game dates back to the 2nd century BC in China’s Han dynasty. It was developed by the Chinese military as a way to promote physical fitness and improve the stamina of the soldiers. A traditional jianzi is made by wrapping paper around a coin with a... Read More

‘Ulu maika is a game that was played by early Hawaiians. Play To Learn, Recycled Materials, Luau, Fun Learning, Game, Venison, Gaming, Toy, Luau Birthday Cakes

Playing From Scratch - ‘Ulu Maika - US Play Coalition

Source: ©2015. Joyce Hemphill, Laura Scheinholtz, and Heather Von Bank and adapted from The Power of Playful Learning. ‘Ulu maika is a game that was played by early Hawaiians. The aim of the game is to roll a disc between two narrowly placed goals a distance away. A 500 foot ‘ulu maika playing field can be found on the island of Moloka’i. For more information check out the following websites: http://library.thinkquest.org/J0110077/ulumaika.htm http://nhchoncc.wordpress.com/tag/ulu-maika…

In honor of World Food Day Poverty And Hunger, Store Ads, General Conference, Group Meals, Fun Learning, Bingo, Card Games, Play, Food

Food Group Bingo - US Play Coalition

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “World Food Day (WFD) was established by FAO’s Member Countries at the Organization’s 20th General Conference in November 1979. It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.” Source: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2017/about/en/ Supplies: • Game card (like the one to the right) • Grocery store ads and newspaper circulars • Scissors • Glue…

Indoor Bowling- Playing from Scratch Masking Tape, Plastic Bottles, Recycled Materials, Fun Learning, Bowling, Indoor, Play, Duct Tape, Pet Plastic Bottles

Bowling - US Play Coalition

Supplies: Ten plastic bottles of the same size. (Bottles need to have lids.) Newspaper Masking tape or painter’s tape To Make: BALL: Wad the newspaper into a sphere and wrap with tape. PINS: Fill each bottle with about 1-inch of water, sand, pebbles, or dirt. To Play: Select an area that is safe to roll a ball and to retrieve pins. Set up the pins in a triangular fashion: 4 pins in the back... Read More

 There’s a Hole! - Playing from Scratch Metal Containers, Produce Bags, Bottle Bag, Fun Learning, Play

Oh No! There’s a Hole! - US Play Coalition

Players take turns snipping a net with the hopes that their snip is not the one that lets the ‘fish’ get away. Supplies: Large container (metal or plastic) with at least a 5” opening Note: If you are using a metal container make sure there are NO sharp edged Netting from a produce bag Bottle caps, jingle bells, caps off squeeze applesauce pouches, etc. Rubber band Scissors To Make: Stretch the netting over the can.... Read More

Greeting Card Game- Playing from Scratch Face Down, Fun Learning, Short Stories, Games To Play, Card Games, Storytelling, Repurposed, Playing Cards, Greeting Cards

REPURPOSE THOSE GREETING CARDS! - US Play Coalition

The front covers of used greeting cards are perfect for games and activities. Storytelling: Place a stack of card fronts face down on the table. Each player selects three cards and creates a short story that incorporates elements from his/her cards. Players go around the table sharing their story. Or play cooperatively whereby the first player turns over a card and starts a story based on the images from that card. The second player then... Read More

3 Tasty And Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes - Fit Men Cook Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix, Homemade Italian Dressing, Italian Dressing Recipes, Salad Dressing Recipes, Mayonnaise Recipe, Homemade Playdough, Recipe From Scratch, Healthy Salads, Family Meals

Homemade Play Dough - US Play Coalition

There are MANY recipes for play dough. Personally, I prefer dough that does not smell like something I want to eat (e.g., chocolate pudding, orange sherbet, peanut butter). I also prefer the texture of a cooked or heat processed dough. Below are two recipes: one that uses wheat flour (gluten) and the other rice flour (gluten free). Play Dough (Gluten) 1 cup water 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 T cream of tartar 1 T vegetable... Read More

Frosty’s Freeze Throw - US Play Coalition Recycled Materials, Fun Learning, Frozen, Play, Create, Frozen Movie

Frosty’s Freeze Throw - US Play Coalition

by Grace Litteral (age 9) & Joyce Hemphill Toss ‘snowballs’ and ‘ice balls’ through a snowman shaped target. Supplies: Aluminum foil, wadded into balls Cardboard Hole punch Pencil Pipe cleaners (optional) Scissors String Tape White pom poms (large) To Make: Make three rings out of cardboard. RING 1: On a large piece of cardboard (e.g., 15”x15”) make a big circle. Cut out the circle. Make another circle 1-inch inside the big circle creating a one-inch... Read More

Fetch It- Playing from Scratch Fun Learning, Labrador Retriever, Play, Labrador Retrievers, Chocolate Labradors, Labrador Retriever Dog

Fetch It - US Play Coalition

Once again this year, Sundance, my Labrador, offered to do the “Playing from Scratch” activity for the upcoming month while I was at the Value of Play Conference. Being the retriever that he is, this activity is one of his favorites and thus he had to share. Thank you Sundance for your assistance with this month’s activity. Supplies: duct tape, two cardboard tubes from trouser hangers To make: put the cardboard tubes side by side.... Read More

Lily's Game- Playing from Scratch Cup Games, Play Table, Yogurt Cups, Recycled Materials, Fun Learning, Games To Play, Lily, Create, Playroom Table

Lily’s Game - US Play Coalition

This version of a ball-n-cup game was created by nine-year-old Lily, who was an attendee at a summer play table. Supplies: single serving plastic yogurt cup (exclude Yoplait), 2 pieces of string (6-8 inches long), 2 pieces of aluminum foil (6”x6”), hole punch To Make: Punch a hole just below the lip/rim of a clean yogurt cup. Directly across, punch a second hole. Take one piece of string, thread it through one hole and tie... Read More

DIY Sidewalk Chalk - Playing from Scratch Sidewalk Chalk, Wax Paper, Craft Stick Crafts, Recycled Materials, Play, Sidewalk Chalk Paint

DIY Sidewalk Chalk - US Play Coalition

Ahhhh spring! Spring brings a different set of outdoor activities to enjoy: 4-Square, hopscotch, ball hockey, marbles, tirar frijoles, circle tag. Make sure you are ready with your custom made sidewalk chalk. Supplies needed: Toilet paper tube Small square waxed paper Rubber band Recyclable/Disposable plastic container (e.g., deli container) Craft stick Plaster of paris Corn starch Tempera paint (Optional) Water Secure a double thick piece of waxed paper at the end of a toilet paper…

Plastic Jug Jai Alai- Playing from Scratch Plastic Jugs, Masking Tape, Play, Gallery, Image, Duct Tape, Painters Tape

Plastic Jug Jai Alai - US Play Coalition

Supplies: 2 plastic half-gallon jugs that have handles Marker Scissors Newspaper Masking tape Newspaper (optional) Tennis ball (or make a tape ball) To Make: – Remove the bottom of the plastic jug. – On the jug’s edge that has the handle and at least one inch below the handle, draw a curve that will angle down towards the bottom of the jug. Do the same on the other side. NOTE: If you cut the jug... Read More

Squaring the Round- Playing from Scratch Squaring The Circle, Measuring Stick, Masking Tape, Recycled Materials, Fun Learning, Home Goods, Shelves, Play, Duct Tape

Squaring the Round - US Play Coalition

“Squaring the circle”* has been a challenge for geometers for centuries. This challenge was my inspiration for “Squaring the Round” — a new game of skill. Cylindrical container (e.g., oatmeal tub, ice cream bucket, large ricotta cheese container, large deli container) Boxes – enough to encircle the container (e.g., saltine box, cereal box).NOTE: Boxes must be as tall as the container Scissors Measuring stick or tape Duct tape or masking tape Marker Tape ball or... Read More

Las Chivas- Playing from Scratch Hispanic Heritage Month, Dried Beans, Shallow, United States, Number, Note, Play

Las Chivas - US Play Coalition

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our Playing from Scratch game this month is Las Chivas, a variation of the game matatenas or as commonly known in the United States, jacks. Supplies: 10-20 pebbles or dried beans Note: The number of pebbles is determined by the size of the player’s hand. A wide, shallow bowl or box lid If played outside a wide, shallow hole can be dug in the ground To Play: Place... Read More

Las Chivas- Playing from Scratch Hispanic Heritage Month, Dried Beans, Shallow, United States, Number, Note, Play

Las Chivas - US Play Coalition

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our Playing from Scratch game this month is Las Chivas, a variation of the game matatenas or as commonly known in the United States, jacks. Supplies: 10-20 pebbles or dried beans Note: The number of pebbles is determined by the size of the player’s hand. A wide, shallow bowl or box lid If played outside a wide, shallow hole can be dug in the ground To Play: Place... Read More

Indoor Mini Golf- Playing from Scratch Indoor Mini Golf, Washing Dishes, Recycled Materials, Fun Learning, Kids Rugs, Play, Kid Friendly Rugs, Nursery Rugs

Indoor Mini Golf - US Play Coalition

Don’t let the cold and damp weather of November put a damper on your golf game. Bring the game inside using what you can find around the house. Equipment: Long paper tube (e.g., wrapping paper tube) Sponge (Note: Use a clean sponge for this activity. When finished playing, reuse the sponge for washing dishes.) Balls of various sizes OR crumpled newspaper/scrap paper For the Course: Foam egg cartons (Wash egg cartons in warm soapy water... Read More