Saran Wrap Ball Game

What you need:

  • 1-2 rolls of Saran Wrap (not cling wrap)
  • prizes - gift cards, candy, cash, small toys/gifts, etc

*Depends on what season/reason you are creating the ball.

Here are some additional ideas for gifts you could use in your wrapped ball:

For Adults: Lottery scratch tickets, gift cards, small bottle of alcohol, candles, personal care products.

For Tweens/Teens: Make up brushes and accessories, gum, hair accessories, gifts in a colour theme

For Younger children: Crayons or markers, card games, candy, small stuffed animals,

This activity and game is fun for any age and is so versatile it can be used at a birthday party, or your holiday family gathering. Putting it together is part of the fun of this game/activity.

How to assemble the ball:

  • 1. The centre of your ball is your first prize. It should be the BEST prize. It could be something somewhat round such as a cup filled with money or a gift card. For a children's theme, you could put a small stuffed animal in the middle. For older kids a giant candy bar or box of candy is fun.
  • 2. Begin wrapping a few layers of saran wrap around the item but be sure to turn the ball different directions so that the layers aren’t too easy to unravel.
  • 3. After a few layers, add another prize and more layers of saran wrap over it. Wrap in different directions and as you wrap you can begin forming the ball shape.
  • 4.Continue adding prizes and layers of saran wrap and form a ball as you go. For small prizes like candy or gum then I will put them closer together so a person may get more than one. For larger prizes, space them with more saran wrap between prizes.
  • 5. Once the wrapping is complete, you may want to use a black sharpie and make a dot where the saran stops so you know where to begin, or to make it harder (for adults perhaps) you can let them try to figure it out on their own. That is the fun of the game.

How to play the game:

To play the saran wrap ball game you’ll need your completed saran wrap ball, a pair of dice and a bowl.

  • 1. Have your group sit in a circle and give one person the saran wrap ball and the person to their left the bowl and dice.
  • 2. The ball must be kept on your lap at all times and unwrap it as fast as you can while the person to your left keeps rolling the dice until they get doubles. Once they roll doubles the dice will pass to the person on their left and the saran wrap ball will pass to the dice roller. This process continues until the ball is fully unwrapped.
  • 3. You get to keep any prizes you unwrap. The ball must stay on their lap as we discovered that without this rule someone can easily set it on the floor and unroll it in no time.

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