At my son's school Christmas party, there were a variety of games - toss the marshmallows through the wreath into the bucket, Hershey kiss unwrap, candy cane hook, and jingle bell jump. It was my job to man the snowball ping pong game. Kids were supposed to bounce a ping pong ball into plastic red cups.
I stood behind the table, ready to catch whatever balls came my way. Easy, right? Wrong! Not when you have six kids lined up with balls, all bouncing them as high as they could. Those wild balls went everywhere!
"Hey," I said. "Can we do a tamer version of this game? How about one at a time, and try to aim for the cup."
They thought about that. Then my son had a brilliant idea (go figure!). "Let's play bowling!" He grabbed the cups, lined them up, and rolled the balls, knocking them down.
"Okay," I said. "This is interesting." It went smoothly for a while, but then the balls and cups started flying everywhere.
I sighed. "Time for another game."
Another kid had an idea. "Let's make a cup castle."
Everybody thought that was great, so they made a towering masterpiece. Which worked just fine, until another kid decided that it was time for an earthquake to strike. The tower toppled over.
"Anybody else have a brilliant idea for what to do with cups and balls?" I asked.
We went through a bunch of games, including, "guess which cup the balls are under."
Finally one little girl grabbed a cup. "Cup song!" she announced. She did a lovely rendition of the infamous cup song, after which everyone segued into the "What does the Fox Say?"
Cup, cup, cup, cup cup, cup, cup cup cup cup, cup cup cup cup cup, cup!
Merry Christmas, everybody! Hope you enjoy the day with your families!