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Cup games are ideal for a party in the basement.
Cup games are ideal for a party in the basement.

Cup games are ideal for a party in the basement. Plastic cups are cheap to buy, hardly break, and are quickly taken out of the game case. Some of the cup games require many skills and offer a lot of variety for a party game in between. In the first part, already 19 plastic cup games were presented (predominantly relay games). Here I have again approx.—14 other games are suitable for betting games or a party game. With a bit of imagination, you can find 1-2 variants for each game.

What skills are needed?

Dexterity, concentration, speed, reaction, a steady hand, consideration for the best tactics, etc.


100 cups or more, TT balls, tray, wooden bars, plastic bottles, table, water, balloons

Cup games for the party

Cup transport with the forehead (in pairs)
Cup transport with the forehead (in pairs)

  1. Cup transport with the forehead (in pairs)

    A plastic cup standing upright is picked up in pairs - only with each player's forehead and put down again in the target area.

    Variation: put water in the cup.

    Score: how many cups, how much water can the group transport within a time of 1 minute?

  2. Stacking paper cups around

    Each candidate is given about 30-40 plastic cups/cardboard cups stacked inside each other. The bottom cup is marked, or you use a different colored cup. The task is now to stack each cup from top to bottom so that the marked cup slowly moves upwards. The winner is the person who manages to get the marked bottom cup to the top the fastest. It must be ensured that the cups are stacked one by one and that no one takes 2 cups at once.

  3. Water cup TT-ball

    10 cups are placed one after the other. A TT ball is placed in the first cup. The first runner scoops a cup full of water from a water bucket and sprints to the first of the 10 cups. He fills the water and tries to carefully blow the then floating TT ball into the next empty water cup. Now it's the next contestant's turn, and he brings water for the second cup with his water cup so that the TT ball floats upwards to be blown into the third cup afterward. Which team is the fastest and can blow the TT ball into the last cup?

    Variation 1: the channel is held above the heads. A teammate pours a liter of water into the top of the trough. The water flows up to the last player to be caught in a tub afterward.

    Variation 2: A foil (foil roll for packing food) is stretched over the heads as a gutter.

Balancing cups
Balancing cups

  1. Balancing cups

    The candidate gets 4-6 plastic cups. He must now stack these on top of each other to form a tower (not stack them inside each other, mind you). Then he carries the stack from the start line to the finish line.

  2. Build up and dismantle the pyramid

    The task is to build a pyramid from 28 cups (buckets also work). Once the top cup has been placed, all the cups must be dismantled as quickly as possible, and all the cups must be stacked inside each other. Who succeeds in this task the fastest?

  3. Pyramid on a tray

    The candidate holds a tray in one hand. With the other hand, he now tries to stack plastic cups on the tray.

    Variation 1: the cups are stacked on top of each other (not inside each other).

    Variation 2: a pyramid of cups is stacked.

    Variation 3: the candidate must stack as many cups filled with water as possible on his tray. It doesn't matter if the cups are all stacked next to each other or eventually on top.

    Scoring: number of cups, or the time until the task was completed, or the amount of water that could be transported from A to B.

  4. Cup drop

    A plastic cup is dropped horizontally from a height of 10-30cm onto a table. The impact should cause the cup to straighten up and remain upright. Who can do this the fastest, or how many cups can be dropped in a time so that they stay upright?

  5. Plastic cup rotation

    The plastic cup lies on the table. Using the finger, try to move the plastic cup into a rotation. The rotation should be so strong that the plastic cup starts to wobble and wobble around, straightens up, and comes to a standstill.

  6. Plastic cup falls

    A plastic cup is placed on the floor. You drop a plastic cup from a height of one meter (or table edge height), which should hit exactly the plastic cup standing on the floor. Who can make the highest plastic cup stack within one minute?

Plastic cup seesaw
Plastic cup seesaw

  1. Plastic cup seesaw

    A wooden bar is placed on top of a plastic cup. To the right and left, at the end of the wooden bar, 2 (4) plastic cups are stacked.

    Variation: who creates the highest tower of plastic cups?

    Of course, the cups are not stacked one inside the other but alternately on top of each other.

Waggle cups
A cup must be swung back from one side of the table around the wood to the
other side with the help of a paper plate or fan.

  1. Waggle cups

    On a long table (150-200cm, or ping-pong table), a stick (wooden slat, approx. 30cm shorter than the table length) is placed lengthwise in the middle. A cup must be swung back from one side of the table around the wood to the other side with the help of a paper plate or fan. If the cup falls down on the way, you have to start all over again.

Transporting cups with balloons
Transporting cups with balloons

  1. Transporting cups with balloons

    10 cups are placed next to each other. The candidate gets a balloon. He hangs the balloon in the first cup, inflates the balloon a little to lift the cup, and then put it down again in a target. Hands must not be used to help.

    Variation 1: a pyramid must be built.

    Variation 2: 2 cups are glued together and are transported by 2 people, each with a balloon. The cups rest on a board so that the cup duo can be picked up by the candidates from the right or left with the balloon's help.

Cup chain reaction
Cup chain reaction

  1. Cup chain reaction

    At least 4 cups are needed and an appropriately long table, as well as a basket. The table is placed slightly elevated on the narrow side (3-4 thick books under the table feet) so that there is a slight slope. The task now is to place the 4 cups so that if one taps the uppermost cardboard cup a little bit, this performs a circular movement by the gradient of the table around the next cup to push. This, in turn, causes the 3rd cup to move so that it sets the last cup in motion. It should fall over the edge of the table and into the basket provided for it. The time is measured for how long it takes the candidate to solve this task.

  2. Catch a plastic cup with a bottle

    One player holds a plastic bottle in his hand. Another player throws plastic cups at him. The task is to catch the thrown plastic cups with the bottle's head so that the cup covers the bottle's head.

    Score: how many cups were caught?

    Score: how many throws were needed to successfully catch a cup?

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