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Target Practice

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Here are directions for making a homemade target, complete with casing, for winter snowball games.


  • Scissors
  • Old sheet or blanket
  • Clothespins
  • Clothesline or rope
  • Snowballs
  • Needle and thread (optional)


  1. Cut three or four holes, each about twelve inches in diameter, in an old sheet or blanket.
  2. Fasten this target with lots of clothespins to a clothesline or a rope strung between two trees or posts.
  3. Have each child stand about ten feet away and throw snowballs at the holes. Score one point for each snowball that goes through a hole.
  4. The first person to score a certain number of points is the winner.
  5. A child playing alone can see how many snowballs it takes to score a certain number of points.
  6. To make a sturdy target that won't flap in the wind, sew casings along its long sides. (Fold each long side over an inch or two and sew it down to create a tube.)
  7. Thread one rope through the top casing and another through the bottom one, then tie the ropes to two trees or posts.
  8. You can also play this game in the summertime, using balls instead of snowballs.