For your next camping trip, plan a fun campfire game that gets everyone (kids and adults!) involved. The Taped Goodie Ball game is an exciting, mad-dash-to-treats game that involves frantically ripping and tearing at a big ball of tape and wrapping paper to get to the candy and toys that are hidden inside before the person next to you rolls doubles on their dice. Whatever you’re able to uncover from inside the taped ball is yours to keep! As you can imagine, this game quickly becomes a challenge to see who can get the most goodies out of the ball.
Here’s how to play:
- Gather everyone in a circle (in this case, around a campfire).
- The youngest person in the group gets the taped goodie ball first. The person to their left has a pair of dice in a small pan.
- When someone says go, the person with the taped goodie ball starts turning the ball over and over until he can find the loose end of tape. At the same time, the person to his left with the dice starts rolling them in an attempt to roll doubles.
- Once the person with the goodie ball finds the loose end of tape, he starts to quickly unravel the tape to hopefully dislodge some candy/toys. He continues to unravel the tape and collect goodies until the person with the dice finally rolls doubles.
- Once doubles are rolled, the unraveling stops and the taped goodie ball and dice change hands. The ball and dice both move one spot to the left so that the person who had the dice now has the ball of goodies. It’s helpful to have a pair of scissors handy so that the unraveled tape and the attached goodies can be cut off from the ball if necessary.
- Play continues in this way until the entire taped goodie ball has been unraveled.
How to Make Your Taped Goodie Ball
- Tape (DO NOT use duct tape)
- Old wrapping paper (optional)
- Grocery bags (optional)
- Small pieces of wrapped candy (preferably wrapped in plastic wrappers that won’t tear)
- Small toys/prizes/gift cards
- Small pan (to roll dice in)
- Pair of scissors
Usually for this game, whatever treat is packed on the very inside of the ball (and is the last to be uncovered) is a good one. Maybe a big piece of candy, pack of gum, a fun toy, or a gift card. Whatever you choose to put in the middle, wrap a piece of tape around it and leave about 4” of tape hanging off of it. Place another goodie on the 4” of tape and wrap the two things together. This is your prize on the inside. Using pieces of tape that are about 18” long, you are going to place goodies along the strips of tape leaving a few inches between each item so that there is enough stickiness left to help the ball stick together. When you have a strip of tape loaded up with a few goodies, wrap it around the middle prize, making sure to press down the sticky areas. Create another strip of goodies and wrap it around the ball. Keep doing this until the taped goodie ball is the size that you want it to be or until your goodies are gone. As you add strips of tape, position them at different angles and in different directions to make the game a little challenging. The size of your taped goodie ball can depend on how many people you have playing or how much you want to put in the ball. With all the candy and toys packed inside, it grows quickly.
A couple words of advice:
- Add used wrapping paper or grocery bags to the ball to help hide some of the goodies inside the ball. With just clear tape, everything is visible. But with colored wrapping paper or bags mixed into some of the taped layers, it adds a little mystery to what’s hidden inside.
- Use candy that is wrapped in plastic instead of paper so the wrappers won’t easily rip apart from the tape. Paper bags filled with Skittles may rip and send candy flying all over your campfire which will lead to sad little campers.
- Have grocery bags or goodie bags handy for everyone to put their loot in at the end of the game.
- Using separate strips of tape (instead of one long piece) makes it impossible for one person to unravel the entire ball in one turn.
- To make the game more challenging for adults (and more fair to the kids), have them wear gloves! It’s harder to find and peel tape when you can’t use your fingertips and fingernails.
- Goodie ideas to help keep it inexpensive: Buy large bags of candy (think Halloween-sized bags of assorted candy). Go to the dollar store or craft store and look for packages of small toys (finger lights, bouncy balls, clappers, sticky hands, stickers, plastic coins, erasers, etc.). Go to a party store and look for party favor/goodie bag items. They usually sell individual candy pieces for just a few cents each, too.