Saran Wrap Ball Game! Fun Party Game Idea For Kids Or Adults

If you are looking for the perfect party game idea for your next gathering then you have to check out this fun and easy saran wrap ball game idea! We played this last year at Christmas for both the adults and the kids and it was a huge hit. I’ll show you how to make the saran wrap ball and how to play the saran wrap ball game.

Saran wrap ball game idea! Fun party game idea for kids or adults. How to play and how to make a saran wrap ball.
One thing I love about the saran wrap ball game is that it can be played with adults, kids or both! Everyone had such a fun time playing this game and I learned a couple of things that are important to factor in before playing it! I’ll share those with you so you can play this game successfully at your next party.

Saran wrap ball game idea! Fun party game idea for kids or adults. How to play and how to make a saran wrap ball.

To create your saran wrap ball you’ll need several rolls of saran wrap (I used the red holiday variety) and prizes of various values. You’ll want to put the BEST prizes towards the middle of your ball, but spread them out. Here are some ideas of prizes I included in our saran wrap ball game (for kids and adults):

  • Tic Tacs mints
  • Target gift cards
  • dollar store toys
  • candy and gum
  • makeup brushes
  • lipgloss
  • sponges (cool ones like these)
  • memo pads
  • tissue packs
  • headbands, hair accessories
  • coffee gift cards
  • erasers
  • chapstick
  • cash

Saran wrap ball game idea! Fun party game idea for kids or adults. How to play and how to make a saran wrap ball.

Once you have your supplies you simply start wrapping one item up and keep wrapping the saran wrap around and around in various directions, adding prizes randomly to it as you go. You can make yours as big as you want!

To Play:


To play the saran wrap game you’ll need your completed saran wrap ball, a pair of dice and a pie plate or bowl. Begin by sitting everyone in a circle and giving one person the saran wrap ball and the person to their left the bowl/pie plate and dice.

To play you must keep the ball on your lap at all times and unwrap it as fast as you can while the person to your left keeps rolling the dice until they get doubles. Once they roll doubles the dice will pass to the person on their left and the saran wrap ball will pass to the dice roller. Once the person to their left rolls doubles the ball gets passed again.

Keep unwrapping the saran wrap ball as fast as possible the entire time the person is rolling, until they roll doubles. You get to keep any prizes you unwrap. The ball must stay on their lap as we discovered that without this rule someone can easily set it on the floor and unroll it in no time.

We discovered that it would be even more fun to let the kids have their own saran wrap ball game and the adults get their own so the prizes would all be age appropriate. It’s a TON of fun and it’s really easy too so any age can play.


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  1. This looks like so much fun! Question: would this be appropriate as a classroom game (like 25 kids?) Is that too many?

    • Absolutely. We play with a large group of both adults and kids, so it would easily work for a classroom. If you wanted to keep it more exciting, you could do a couple balls and have two groups going at once.

  2. I am considering this for the adults at our Christmas celebration this year. It looks like a TON of fun! A few questions to clarify if you don’t mind. Do you wrap the item several times before adding the next object or just enough to cover it? Do you use tape at all or just the cling of the wrap? Do you cut pieces of saran wrap or just keep unrolling it and adding prizes until you run out of saran on that roll? On average how many items were unwrapped per turn so thgt I have an idea of how many to use. Thank you for this post. I can’t wait to get started shopping and wrapping!! 🙂

    • We played this at our family party last year too and it was a big hit. I had a separate ball for the kids. You want to wrap several times between each prize. No tape, but cut the wrap and switch directions so they have to look for the next place to start pulling. You don’t want it to be as easy as just unrolling it. You could even make the adults wear oven mitts if it seems to be to easy! I found the red doesn’t cling as well as the clear so this year I’m trying it with the clear. Have fun!

    • Will try saran ball next Christmas Do you cut Saran every few feet to make it more interesting Thanks

  3. Vickie Porter says:

    We have teens and college aged kids we played this with. In order to keep someone from just unrolling too quickly, we put some tiny pieces all along inside the wrap, too. We ruled that anything that comes out, must be picked up and placed in a bowl before more unwrapping can be done. We played on a table top, so things kind of flung, wound up on the floor, etc. Having to stop to pick up and place in bowl slowed the unwrapping a bit. We went through about 12-13 plays with two rolls of saran wrap.

  4. I want to do this for several kids but give each kid a chance at it….there would be ages 2-15, 7 kids total. Any suggestions for this big age gap? They are 2, 10, 10, 13, 13, 14, 15. Also, there are three families that make these 7 kids. Myself – 3 kids, cousin – 2, other cousin – 2. How can we divide who brings what???

  5. This looks like fun, you could never play it in our house though because it would be covered with cat fur!

  6. Judy turner says:

    Adding cat hair just makes it more special. This game is perfect for Dollar Tree items and will be appropriate for male or female. Using thin inexpensive knit gloves work well slowing the game down. A total hoot for any time of year. numb

  7. We played this at our family christmas. We found when you wrap the syran wrap several times around the gift,then tear off and start again…..wrap, wrap, then add another gift, then wrap, wrap, then tear off, then add another gift and wrap, wrap……you get the idea. It is harder and a lot more fun. Every time the syran is torn off and start again the player has to find the end to pull. A heap of fun.

    • We did this at Christmas with 14 kids and adults. I made two balls and started one on opposite sides of the circle. We used old cookie sheets to roll the dice on. Each ball had 40 to 45 gifts. The best gift in the middle … A roll of quarters. Everything came from the dollar store or 50 cent bins at crafts stores. HINT: Alternate between Saran Wrap and Press n Seal. I used a different length of wrap for each gift. Everyone had a blast and we will do it again.

  8. heather b says:

    I love this idea!! It would be so fun to watch my son unwrap this lol!

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