DIY Cardboard wreath game

Cardboard is one of our favorite DIY materials and we made this wreath game recently during this Christmas season.  It is basically a shoebox lid which I turned into a simple game.

Cardboard wreath game

The goal of the game is to put all the marbles in the holes. This is inspired by a toy in the image below. But, I do not know exactly the name of this toy.

Ball in the hole game

This game is great for kids to develop various skills like fine motor, Hand-eye coordination, concentration, and focus.

This is an interesting play for adults as well. I tested it 5 times and took between 40 seconds to 90 seconds to complete it.

Now let’s see some pictures & tips to learn how to make it.

Things needed:

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  1. Shoebox lid
  2. Marbles
  3. Cutter
  4. Pencil
  5. Green and red color pens
  6. Popsicle sticks
  7. Hot glue gun

How to Make a Cardboard wreath game

First, draw two concentric circles on the shoebox and fill the space with green to make a wreath. I just dabbed with my daughter’s dot markers. Such an easy & satisfying task! Of course, you can choose any medium to color it.

Wreath made with dot marker

Next, we have to punch holes. Make a small insert with a cutter and then expand the hole with a pencil or pen. Twist the pen as you insert. This gives a perfect circlular hole.

Wreath making holes

punching holes on cardboard

Make sure the hole is less than the size of a marble and good enough to hold the marble in place. When the holes are ready, we will be adding some barriers to make the task challenging.

Glue popsicle stick over cardboard

Use a hot glue gun to stick the side of the popsicle sticks on the cardboard base. Once it is done the game is ready.

Watch our toy in action.

The one I have designed will be quite challenging for small kids. If you are introducing this to your toddler, I suggest you try a simple one like the one below. I made it when my child was 2 years old.

How to reuse shoe box to make a game for kids

Check out some more game ideas made using a Shoebox lid

Also, check out our DIY twig wreath

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If you loved this activity, you might also like our Christmas nativity set – A digital downloadable printable which you can easily turn into a nativity scene.

Would you like to see more simple ideas like this? Let us know in the comment section.

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