How to Make Kids' Horseshoe Games

by Stacy Zogheib
Make a child's horseshoe game from cardboard and paper towel tubes.

Make a child's horseshoe game from cardboard and paper towel tubes.

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Horseshoes is a popular outdoor game for children or adults whether you are at a barbecue, a family reunion or you just want to get your kids out of the house. The object of the game is to throw horseshoes at metal stakes to score points. The first player to reach a particular score or the person or team with the highest score after a predetermined number of throws wins. You can make a kids' horseshoe set at home with just a few pieces of cardboard and pennies.

Items you will need

  • Scissors
  • Large cardboard box or sheet of cardboard
  • Tape
  • 2 paper towel tubes
  • Pennies
  • Pencils or flat weights
Step 1

Cut two 5-inch squares from the cardboard box.

Step 2

Tape the squares securely to the bottom of your paper towel tubes so that they will stand upright.

Step 3

Draw a horseshoe-shaped outline on a flat piece of the cardboard box. The horseshoe should be at least as wide as a penny and the U of the horseshoe shape should fit around the paper towel tube.

Step 4

Cut out the horseshoe shape.

Step 5

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for each horseshoe that you need. Make at least six horseshoes.

Step 6

Tape pennies to the horseshoes to add extra weight and make it easier to throw them accurately. Space pennies evenly around the horseshoes.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the paper towel targets are too light and fall over too easily, put some pennies or small weights inside the tubes.

About the Author

Stacy Zogheib's writing has been published in various online publications. She is a teacher and educator with experience teaching first grade, special education and working with children ages 0 to 3. She has a Bachelor of Arts in elementary and special education from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University.

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