It takes hand/eye coordination, dexterity, and quick reflexes to master swing-n-catch cups—do you have what it takes? This simple ball attached to a cup design isn’t so simple when you’re trying to ring it in, and it’s an activity that will keep students engaged as they try to master the right force, angle, and technique. This low-profile game needs minimal space, making it a great classroom activity.
Simple, Yet Complicated Game
The concept of this cup-and-ball game is simple; however, it takes time and practice to master. Players hold the cup in their hand, with the ball hanging freely. They swing the cup gently to propel the ball upward and over the top of the cup. To score, the ball needs to land in the cup and stay there.
The ball is attached to the cup with a nylon rope, making it move in tandem with the cup. This takes practice to master and will have students trying over and over again to get their ball into the cup.
Swinging the ball into the cup requires a focus on coordination, dexterity, and reflex. Students quickly see that a controlled approach is required to cup the ball, which will have them slowing down and thinking critically about how to approach the task at hand. It's a simple, yet extremely effective way to develop the coordination skills of students!