Tossing Games for Kids

Floppy Horseshoes

Toss a ringer and earn three points in the floppy horseshoes game.
Toss a ringer and earn three points in the floppy horseshoes game.
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Floppy horseshoes are easy to make and fun to play! Unlike most other games, in horseshoes you get points when you hit the mark and even when you're close! What You'll Need:

  • 8-1/2 × 11-inch piece of cardboard
  • Markers
  • Ruler
  • Blunt scissors
  • 1 yard foam sheet, 1 inch thick (available at fabric stores)
  • Unsharpened pencil or drinking straw

How To Play Floppy Horseshoes:

Step 1: On a piece of cardboard, draw a horseshoe 8 inches long, 7 inches wide, and 2 inches thick. Cut out the horseshoe pattern.

Step 2: Trace six horseshoes on the foam sheet. Draw two 12-inch circles on the foam. Cut out the circles and horseshoes.

Step 3: Cut a tiny slit in the middle of each circle. Insert a thick drinking straw or an unsharpened pencil for the post. You may need a little tape to help the post stand up straight. If you want, decorate the circles and horseshoes with markers.

Step 4: You and a friend each get three horseshoes.

Step 5: Place the posts about 6 feet apart. Standing next to one post, throw your horseshoes at the opposite post. Take turns with your opponent throwing horseshoes at opposite posts.

Step 6: To score points, you get three points for a ringer (around the post) and two points for a leaner (touching the post.) If no horseshoes touch the post, the person with the closest horseshoe gets one point.

To make the game more challenging, move the posts one foot farther apart after each round. Keep track of your points -- the first person to reach 50 points wins!

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