How to Play Plastic Bottle Toss

Two Parts:Setting upPlaying the game

Plastic bottle toss is a game in which players toss empty bottles into trash cans within a time limit. The team with the most bottles in the trash cans at the end of the time wins the game.

Part 1
Setting up

  1. 1
    Find a suitable place to play. It needs to be a fairly large space, measuring about 20 by 20 feet long and wide.
  2. 2
    Set up the game requirements.
    • Put the two trash cans against the wall and about five feet away from each of the trash cans.
    • Place the two buckets measuring about five feet or more apart. Place a piece of tape in a straight line behind the buckets, then place tape in a straight line down the center as well, so as to create two separate "courts".
    • Fill the buckets with plastic bottles, ready for tossing.
  3. 3
    Have two volunteer players stand behind the taped line, on either side of the center line. Do a few test throws, to check that you haven't made the placement of the trash cans too easy or impossible. Shuffle the trash cans about a little if needed.

Part 2
Playing the game

  1. 1
    Start the game. Have the first players stand in place behind the taped line. Get ready to start timing the game.
  2. 2
    Say "Go". The players must start tossing the plastic bottles into the empty trash cans in front of them.
  3. 3
    Stop the timer and call out "Stop". The player with the most bottles in the trash can wins.
    • Collect the bottles and return them to the buckets for the next game.
  4. 4
    Play rounds. Keep players moving through in pairs. Then pair off the winners from each game until only two people are left to battle it out and win the ultimate prize (whatever that may be).
    • Have as many rounds as you want. At the end of each round tally how many water bottles you get into the trash and by the end of the rounds whoever has the most points wins the whole game!


  • Use empty plastic recyclable water bottles instead of re-usable water bottles.
  • Use an underhand throw instead of an overhand one, to give you more distance.
  • Remember––this is just a friendly game, not the Olympics.

Things You'll Need

  • A piece of paper
  • A pencil
  • Two large trash cans
  • A roll of tape,
  • Two plastic buckets
  • 40 empty plastic water bottles (recyclable bottles)

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