Ever since I saw this wire basket sculpture on Twodaloo, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. Ohhh, the possibilities of this idea! I just love it so much. I started to notice things with holes and grooves and different ways to use them. Here is my first inspiration, a homemade Kerplunk game for kids. Do you remember Kerplunk? It was a game of risk where you had to strategically pull out sticks from a plastic tube one at a time, trying not to let the marbles resting on top fall to the bottom. Now, with two toddlers in my house, I had to tone it down a bit, but I think we got the gist of it here thanks to this simple household item. I give you straw and pom pom Kerplunk. I hope you enjoy it.
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flatware caddy, straws or pipecleaners, pom poms
Very creative! I’ve actually never played kerplunk, but with your easy DIY version, i might have to give it a try! 🙂
I hope you do! It’s really simple and great for lots of ages. My girls loved just pulling all the straws out everywhere : )
I’m sure! ha
I looked on Ikea’s website and can’t find those cylinders. Any other suggestions to use or where to find them?
Hi Barbara, Thanks for reading along. I just put up a link to the containers on the post. Here it is also. Have fun! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30011832/
You’ll find these in most dollar stores etc …..cheaper too !
Oh, I didn’t know! Thanks Marilyn!
Oh, I LOVE this! When they were younger I’d have mine put pipe cleaners in those little holes in the strainer…. Now they are older and need more of a challenge. Got to try this one!
Pipe cleaners sound great too! Hope your kids enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!
This looks like fun; how many straws have you been able to successfully pull out?
Hi Diane, My girls are both under 3 so all the straws came out pretty fast regardless of the pom poms : )
ha ha! well, pulling them out is the funnest part 🙂
absolutely brilliant! i love it when we can see everyday objects in a new light. i need to get to ikea now…if only it weren’t 4 hours away. 😉
oh no! 4 hours is quite an effort for kerplunk : ) maybe do a mini mini version with toothpicks, marbles and a styrofoam cup ; )
Soooo cooool! And thanks for the shoutout, my dear!!
This looks like great fun! I love how it uses everyday objects!
Thanks! It’s so simple. Hope you give it a try!
This looks like something my 3 1/2 yr. old Grandson would enjoy…reresh my memory on how t play Kerplunk if you don’t mind. Thanks a bunch!
Hi Holly. Basically two or three players take turns pulling out sticks (or in this case, straws) from underneath the balls/pom poms trying not to make them fall down. It’s a little strategy, a little luck : )
I’ve never played this game either but know about it. What a great idea with the ikea containers! I will definitely be trying this.
Thanks for the idea 🙂 I was searching all over the web for a home made version for this idea as an OT craft in a rehab hospital. Another variation of materials can be a large styrofoam cup, skewers and marbles.
What a great idea! I used to love Kerplunk! I’m sure if my mom had thought to use pom poms back in the day we _all_ would have enjoyed it a little more. 😉
Thanks Kim. We had a lot of fun with this one!