Do you have popsicle sticks around the house that you don’t know what to do with? Check out this fun popsicle stick catapult STEM project that you can do with your kids!

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One day, I was wasting way too much time on Facebook as usual, when a video showed up with the best party games. Mind you, these games are for adults who are playing after having a few beers, but man, they look fun!

Then I thought … aren’t our kids basically tiny-sized versions of drunken adults?

I mean, think about it. Our little ones are not super coordinated, have trouble walking in a straight line (because they are too excited about life), and often do not make much sense when they talk. See, the same!

Anyhow, one of the games was stacking plastic cups. The game sounds simple enough, but when an adult tries to do it while under the influence, creating a plastic cup pyramid all the sudden becomes very difficult.

So, I tried it out on my 2-year-old!

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Plastic Cup Indoor Bowling Activity

Materials:

  • Plastic cups (I prefer the mini cups for their little hands)
  • A ball
  • Painter’s tape (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Show your kid how to stack the cups. I like to have my kid put a few cups in a row first, and then show her how you can put a cup in between the gap between the two on the bottom row to build up the pyramid. buliding-plastic-cup-pyramid
  2. LET HER DO IT! It might take a very long time, and cups will fall in the process. But think of how good it is for her motor skills and mental development. plastic-cup-pyramid
  3. After your kid finishes creating the plastic cup pyramid, have her roll a ball and knock down as many cups as possible!
  4. (Optional) Use the painter’s tape to create bowling lanes to make the game a more authentic bowling experience.

Warning: Your kid will ask to play this over and over again. Really. Until the end of time.

You can choose to keep score for every “pin” that get knocked down if you have more than one kid playing. Or you can have the kid who knocks down the entire pyramid in one shot as the winner.

I hope you and your kids enjoy this simple yet super fun indoor bowling activity. It’s a fun activity to keep in mind for rainy days or snow days!

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