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How to Play the Saran Wrap Ball Game for Cub Scouts

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Has your pack ever played the Saran Wrap game? If not, you're missing out because the Scouts love it! You can watch a video of me making a tape ball.

We've used it twice as a sign-up or joining activity. I made the ball with clear packing tape, but I wish I had used Saran Wrap. It would have been much easier for the kids to play.

We started the event with an opening ceremony with both parents and kids. Then, our local Scouts BSA troop helped us out. They took the Cub Scouts outside and led the tape ball activity for us.

You can watch my instructional video, but basically, you start by making a ball. I used balled-up paper as the center. Then start taping goodies on it

I used a bag of assorted candy and some little toys (the ones in multi-packs for birthday party treat bags).

When I was purchasing supplies, I found some really cool Super Mario Duct Tape, so I decided to use it in the ball. You could see the tape through the clear packing tape.  But there's a reason people like duct tape–it's really strong! 

When the Scouts got to that level, it was almost impossible for them to pull the tape off the ball and to pull the treat off the tape. So, just stick with regular packing tape for this project!

There are a couple of ways to play the game. pulling tape off the ball until another Cub rolled doubles with a pair of dice

We decided to give each of the kids a time limit of about 15 seconds before moving the ball to the next person. 

Watch to see how fast the Scouts are pulling the tape off.  If they're fairly slow or you have a small group, you can increase the time. 

One of my friends said her son's room mom did a version of the tape ball game but used crepe paper streamers to wrap the ball. The kids stopped unwrapping when they uncovered a treat.

The Saran Wrap ball game was such a fun activity! I could see making it a themed activity–a Halloween ball, a Christmas ball, a Valentine's ball, etc.

Yours in Scouting,

P.S. Don't forget to watch the video showing you how to make the Saran Wrap ball!


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Saturday 27th of September 2014

What a great activity! It would be perfect to pass the time during a layover at an airport!

Thanks for sharing! Natalie, The Educational Tourist


Wednesday 22nd of October 2014

Thanks, Natalie!

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Tuesday 6th of August 2013

I've never thought of this before :) Thanks