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Cup and Ball
Member Name: anwar7
Cup and Ball
Advantages: fun,no batteries and helps hand/eye coordination
Disadvantages: none for me
Like it or not Christmas is fast approaching and many will have to think of ideas to fill children's stockings! One idea is a simple toy that has been around for hundreds of years; the cup and ball.
The cup and ball is a very simple toy, but one that requires skill and practice to perfect! It consists of a wooded cup on a handle with a wooden ball attached to the cup with a piece of string. The idea of the game is to swing the ball and try to get it to land inside the wooden cup. It really is not as easy as you think!
The cup and ball has been around for centuries and was probably first played in ancient Greece. There is mention of the toy being widely played in France in the 16th century where it was known as bilboquet. The game was very popular in the court of Elizabeth 1st and even the queen herself was a fan of the game. The game is found all over the world and is sometimes played by Inuit's to hasten the return of the sun.
The game is excellent for helping hand eye coordination as well as being fun. We bought our cup and ball game from the museum shop at Beamish and it is still played with by my son. We sometimes challenge each other to a game to see who can get the ball into the cup in the fastest time. I rarely win the challenge! I can't remember how much I paid for the toy, but think it was around £5. Our version is made of plain light coloured wood. I have seen this toy made of pained wood, although I prefer the plain variant.
It is possible to make your own version of this toy . You will need an empty yogurt pot, string and silver foil. All you do is make a hole in the bottom of the yogurt pot, knot the string at the bottom and thread through the hole. Roll the tin foil into a ball and attach the string into the middle. Now you can swing the tin foil ball into the cup! Not as robust as a wooden version, but children may enjoy making their own!
Overall this is a very simple toy that can be played both indoors and outside. It makes a change from battery and electronic toys too!
Summary: cup and ball toy