I discovered Cuponk
today while shopping. In its simplest form, it's a game where you try to land your ping-pong ball in a cup. The trickier the shot, the better. The basic game has been around for years, but it took some clever people at Hasbro to redesign, repackage, and market it as Cuponk
. For about $13, you get a couple of ping-pong balls, some trick cards, and a fancy cup with lights and cool graphics. I have to admit, I considered buying it. But then I had a better thought. I walked over to the sports area and found a box of 36 ping-pong balls for $8.86. I bought that instead. I already had a plastic cup at home, and I figured my kids would have more fun designing and painting their own ping-pong balls. And guess what . . . I was right. We've spent the last hour sitting around painting ping-pong balls with magic markers and water color paints, which both worked fabulously. I then sprayed them with a clear acrylic coat to protect the paintings. And now . . . Let the games begin.
Here are some sample "designer" ping-pong balls, just to give you an idea of what you can do.
One more thought: I'm considering using this game at school as a filler project. I think it would be fun to design balls and then trade them or try to win your opponents ball in a bit of friendly competition. With a little creativity, the possibilities are endless. :)
Okay, ONE more thought . . . my last, I promise: I just found a pack of 144 balls for $11.69 from Amazon. I'm ordering that right now.
So, it turns out that the box of ping pong balls that I purchased from Amazon have a different surface than the ones I bought from Walmart . . . a surface that won't absorb water at all. I took them to school today to let some students decorate a few, but the design process was a complete failure. Still, we had fun bouncing them into cups. It was a nice way to let off steam after a day of ACT testing.
Love them. You may have come up with your own cuponk idea...Pokemon cuponk. Then Mario, Sonic, ...who else do kids love?
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