Paper Games for Kids

Pom-Pom Basketball
Cut the inner circles out of the box.
Cut the inner circles out of the box.

Pom-Pom Basketball will turn you into a sports fanatic if you aren't one already. Improve your aim and skill with this super fun basketball game.

How to Make Pom-Pom Basketball

What You'll Need:

  • Two empty cereal boxes of the same size
  • Solid-color gift wrap
  • 5 paper cups, 2 ounces each
  • White construction paper or card stock
  • White twist tie
  • 1-inch pom
  • 30 inches heavy thread
  • Plastic spoon
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Colored markers
  • Craft glue
  • Ruler
  • Embroidery needle
  • Duct tape
  • Two-inch-wide masking tape
  • Adult help needed

1. Open the tops of 2 cereal boxes, lifting the flaps up. Wrap the bottom and sides of both boxes with gift wrap, leaving the flaps open and unwrapped.

2. Trace the top of a 2-ounce cup 4 times on the front side of one of the boxes. Turn the cup over, and trace the bottom inside each of the larger circles.

3. Ask a grown-up to cut out each of the inner circles using a craft knife. Use scissors to cut tabs from the inside to the outer circle all the way around. Bend these tabs down into the box, and insert a cup into each hole. Assign each cup a point value by writing a number on a scrap of paper and gluing it beside each cup.

4. Cut a piece of white paper to fit around the fifth cup, wrap it around, and glue in place. Use red marker to draw diagonal lines that look like netting. With a pencil, make 2 small marks about 1/2 inch apart near the top of the cup. Ask a grown-up to help you poke a hole at each mark.

5. Trace and cut out the backboard pattern from white paper. Outline it in blue, and draw a red square in the center. Glue the backboard onto the front of the second box, near the top (with the arch toward the top). With a pencil, make 2 small marks about 1/2 inch apart near the bottom of the backboard, and ask a grown-up to poke a hole at each mark.

Mount the basket onto the board with a twist tie.

6. Insert a twist tie through the holes in the cup and through the holes in the backboard. Reach into the open end of the box, and twist the tie to secure the cup. Mark a point value just below the cup.

7. Thread the pom onto a 30-inch length of heavy thread, and knot it in place at the end. Tie the other end of the thread to the head of a plastic spoon.

8. Ask a grown-up to cut a 1-inch slit in the box with the cups (see photo for placement), cutting through both flaps in the same place. Insert the plastic spoon handle into this slit, and use duct tape to secure the handle of the spoon to the inside of the box.

Mount the plastic spoon at the end of the court.

9. Tape the open flaps of both boxes closed, and with 2-inch-tape, tape the boxes together into an L-shape with the cups at the base and the backboard standing up.

10. Play Ball! Place the pom in the spoon. Push down on the tip of spoon with your fingertip to flip the pom into a basket.

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