This is a party game I have tried and my residents have asked for it frequently! It promotes hand-eye coordination, physical movement, cognitive functioning through concentration, and social inclusion.
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This is a party game I have tried and my residents have asked for it frequently!


  • Promotes hand-eye coordination
  • Provides physical movement and activity
  • Stimulates cognitive functioning through concentration
  • Fosters social inclusion


Setup on each side of a table cups consisting of lemonade, water, or any of your residents' favorite drinks in a ten-pin/pyramid formation.

Residents get a ping pong ball and take turns attempting to throw the ball in the opposing player's cup.

Each time the ball goes in, a cup is then removed.

Once all cups are eliminated, the opposite player wins a prize!

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Lesley 11th Jul 2023 Lifestyle/Engagement Officer
We do a similar game Called Chocolate Ping Pong, each cup has a chocolate in it and the player has 3 turns to get the Ping Pong ball in the cups and if successful get that Chocolate, they all love it.
Roxanne 31st Aug 2023 Life Enrichment Coordinator
I love the chocolate in the cup game...thanks for the idea
Pauline 11th Aug 2021 Activities Coordinator
Just finished playing this with our residents, we had a great morning, they've named the game 'Beaker Ball' :)
Talita 15th Aug 2021
This is so great to hear Pauline!
Sonya 28th Feb 2021 Health Care
What is a good name for this activity on ST. Patrick's Day? I would love to do this with my residents.
Susan 1st Mar 2021 Activity Director
Hi Sonya
How about shamrock shot
Susan 1st Mar 2021 Activity Director
Hi Sonya
I thought of another one
How about lucky leprechaun Pong
Susan 13th Jul 2023 Activity Director
Hi Leslie
Thank you for sharing this sounds like a lot of fun
Diane 5th Jan 2020 UK Memory Club Volunteer
Hi we put a couple of sweets in the cup instead of fluid
Susan 6th Jan 2020 Activity Director
Great idea Diane
Cheryl 14th May 2019 Volunteer
Used this activity with no rules/no teams. I had 4 ladies playing and what a fun time they had! We probably played for 45 minutes & no one was bored!!
Talita 20th May 2019
Thanks for your feedback Cheryl, what a great result!
Jodi 12th Oct 2018 Activity Offocer
love this idea i'm going to give it a go, i think i might try coffee cups taped together then put the lids on as a signal that cup is out.
Talita 15th Oct 2018
Great idea Jodi! Let us know how it goes!
Cathy 18th Jul 2018 Lifestyle Coordinator
I use this in summer to encourage residents to drink extra fluids. I don't do opposing sides, just one pyramid of cups and each resident takes turns in tossing a ball ( or bouncing on the table) into the cups.
Nicola 7th Jul 2018
Could you use empty cups? Never tried this before (am just imagining the mess with liquids)
Michael 16th Jul 2018 Diversional Therapist
I tried with empty cups however they were easily pushed over with the ball. If you only fill a cup quarter of the way it shouldn't make too much mess at all. I didn't have an issue mess wise with the liquard.
Nicola 18th Jul 2018
Thanks Michael x
Roxanne 31st Aug 2023 Life Enrichment Coordinator
Nicola, we play this in the states as a drinking game. Not a mess, and so much fun...give it a try. I'm sure you'll have a blast.
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