What’s one of the most fun memories of your childhood? I bet it involved ball pits. All kids love ball pits. Did you know you can get the same kind of balls for your own home so you don’t have to deal with smelly kid feet at McDonald’s or Chuck E. Cheese? You totally can. And there’s more than just one use for them! Here are 5 things you can do with ball pit balls.
1. Make your own ball pit
You don’t have to buy the actual ball pit if you don’t want to. You really just need some balls. You can fill up your Pack n Play with 200 balls. If you get 100, they’ll just barely cover the bottom of it. I got 200 and it was just enough to look and feel like a ball pit. You can also use a cardboard box or other large container as a ball pit.
2. Throw them into bins or baskets
One of Toot’s favorite activities is throwing the balls. Recently, I’ve been trying to get her to practice throwing them into her toy bins to work on her gross motor skills. She prefers to throw them OUT of the Pack n Play, though. For older kids, you can turn it into a game with different sized containers worth more points. Or put the containers in a row like the Bozo the Clown bucket game. Remember that? Ahh, the 90s!
3. Play with them in the bath
Grab a few of them for bath time. They float and can easily be scooped up with the water and poured out. Toot also likes to throw them out of the tub.
4. Sort them in a cupcake tin
Ball pit balls fit perfectly in cupcake tins. You can sort them by color or mix in a few shapes, You can try to roll them along the edges to see which cup they end up in. Toot is happy just picking them up and putting them into different cups.
5. Hunt them like Easter eggs
Hide them around the house and your little one can have the fun of Easter egg hunts all year round. You can also make up little rules like “find all of the red ones first.” Or if you have multiple kids, give them each their own color to find.
Do you have a ball pit for your little one?
Let me know how you play in the comments below!
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