Monday, September 26, 2011

Angry Birds!

Any other parents out there have children who have discovered this game waaaay too early?? My kids are obsessed with this game. If you have in fact been living under a rock somewhere (like I was until about two months ago) and you don't know what Angry Birds is, it is a game for the iPhone. It involves loading a bird into a sling shot and flinging it toward little green pigs resting on different tower/fort thingies.

Like so...



Now, while I don't mind an occasional video game, it was starting to get out of hand around here. The kids were constantly sneaking off with my phone. And call me crazy, but I would rather have my children using their imagination, playing real games. So, what to do, what to do???

Enter... stuffed Angry Bird toys from Build a Bear, Melissa and Doug blocks, pvc pipe and rubber bands! We created a real Angry Birds game for the boys to set up and play. 

We actually bought the stuffed birds and pigs as a coming home gift when my husband and I returned from a week long getaway. Then we stopped by Home Depot and bought one 3/4 inch pvc pipe, a T and a couple of elbows. My husband cut the pieces down to size and put together the sling shot. We just tied some plain ol' rubber bands together and put them over each side. Then for some extra stability he drilled a hole in a two by four and stuck it down inside. 

It has been so fun to watch the boys create different "levels" and sling that bird across. They are having a blast and I feel much better about this version of the game for a four and three year old.







6 comments:

  1. I LOVE this! Found it on pinterest. I'm going to include it in an Angry Birds post on my blog. I'll come back and share the link when it posts. =)

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  2. Do you have any pictures of the base/bottom of this? I have been trying to figure out how to make a life size version of the game for my son's birthday party and this one is great, but I can't figure out the bottom. Thanks! :)

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    1. I know this is old, but in case anyone else was wondering too - up in the description, it says the placed a hole in a 2x4 and placed this inside of it. I actually ended up making an H base with 2 short 2x4s and a long one down the middle to give it more stability. I then drilled a hole to plant the pipe in.

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  3. Just a courtesy note to let you know I have pinned your “Angry Birds” post to a pinterest board with a collection of learning resources to complement the “Angry Birds” app. You will find lesson ideas, learning activities and reviews for a range of apps on my boards. If you have other posts suitable for this or other boards I am compiling, you are welcome to email me. You can view my boards at http://pinterest.com/fingerpprojects/
    Warm Regards
    Trudy

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