After-School Games

Shoot the Shoebox

You may have seen skee ball, where players bowl wooden balls up a ramp, at an arcade. Shoot the Shoebox is similar, but relies on skill, not luck. Your kids can play with one friend, or in a larger group. The materials are inexpensive and the game is easy to make.

What You'll Need:

  • Hard, smooth playing surface
  • Shooter marbles
  • Shoebox
  • Safe scissors
  • Pen or marker
  • Chalk

Step One: Turn an empty shoebox over and mark various-sized holes on one long edge. One hole should be just big enough for a shooter to go through. Another should be so large that it would be hard to miss. Make the rest of the holes various sizes in between.

Step Two: Cut out the holes with scissors and mark points over them. The largest hole should score zero points. The smallest should have the highest point value.

Step Three: Set the box upside down on a hard surface.

Step Four: Chalk-mark a shooting line five feet away (more for skilled shooters).

Step Five: Each player gets ten shots at the box. If a marble passes through a hole, the shooter gets the number of points marked over it. The player with the most points wins.

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