Sunday, September 9, 2012


Big Sis is addicted to The Claw Game. She is a Claw Game addict, otherwise known as a 'claw head' in our book. She's had a taste of so many victories with it (she's probably won at least 15 stuffed animals over the past couple years) that every time she sees one, it beckons to her and calls her to come play it and she just can't resist its charms even if she doesn't have any money and/or we say no (which doesn't usually go over too well). And when we do let her indulge on occasion, it typically leads to only these things: Crying. Whining. Getting mad. Because sometimes, you come so close but just can't do it. Or they are all way too wedged in to grab anything up. And even when she wins one, it's not enough to just win one. We always have to try for 2 or 3 or4 depending on who else is with us. And of course, if the first one doesn't take but a dollar or 2 (which is the max we are willing to invest in one) the second one's gonna be a b*$#*, to the point where we sometimes just have to leave w/ one, which means: Crying. Whining. Getting mad. from the stuffed-buddiless one. Sharing just isn't the same. (Can you say spoiled?!?) And so it goes.

So now, we often try avoid places that we know have them. Wanna eat at Perkins? They have the best pancakes but naaaah, they also have a claw machine. How about Buffalo Wings and Rings? No. Claw machine. Oooh, I'm in the mood for Rudino's Pizza. No. Claw machine. But, sometimes, we happen upon one by chance: Damn it! Claw machine! The girls still get plenty of claw machine action, though. And their love for it is so deep that they will play it at home, piling up their stuffed animals like such, while one bees the claw and one bees the player. They surprisingly get so much enjoyment out of it. So funny and sweet to watch. Don't you think?

So after watching them play during our last track out, I got this brilliant idea in my head. What do you think? :)

It's nothing fancy, but it works. :) Complete w/ a realistic-action joystick, a slot for coins AND a drop chute w/ flap, it's fashioned out of only stuff I found at home. This baby only cost me $8! Actually it coulda been even cheaper had silly Sweetie not bought me the "expensive" duct tape from Lowe's. He didn't realize I'd use the whole roll! :o I fully intend to keep this monstrosity around a while, as a holding pen for their stuffed buddies. Too bad it's not big enough to hold ALL of 'em. Hope it holds up!

After several combinations of players and claws, Big Sis announced that Daddy made the best claw. "He's the most realistic" she said. But that quickly went south when the claw got a little too realistic (ie hard) and the players got a little frustrated, ending up w/ some Crying. Whining. Getting mad. DOH! I guess any claw machine, even free homemade ones, can end up that way. Good one, Daddy!! That's the last time we let YOU be the claw. He did say that from now on, his claw will have 3 selectable levels of difficulty, which the girls were happy about.

But even with your very own FREE claw machine in the comfort of your own home, sometimes, it still is easier to do this. You go girl:

The End. :)

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Mother of a Food Neophobia said...

Oh my goodness! My daughter is 8 and has been obsessed with the claw for at least 2 (maybe 3 years) now. She is a big winner most of the time. She has figured out which machines are the easiest and hits them when she is with her daddy or grandma (my mom). They both indulge her. I can't see doing it anymore as she has way too many stuff animals. My husband actually looked into buying a machine so she could play at home. lol

happyvballgirl said...

Haha!! That is tooo funny! Sounds just like Big Sis who is 8 too! :) We have joked about buying one too - at least the small kind that picks up candy - but this is a way cheaper alternative. :) Thanks so much for sharing!!! :)

Crystal Shook said...


happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Crystal!! I had fun making it. :)