That Zoom Cup Game

UPDATE (5 July 2009): Got it! Watch this video from Great Group Games!


If I can sit still for about 20 minutes, I’m finally going to learn this game. How hard can it be?

If you need the how-to explanation, read below the video. But maybe easier: just find some kids, let them watch and figure it out, and they’ll teach you.

[Huge Zoom thanks!]

The how-to:

This game is for 3 or more players. (The more, the better.)

This is a game of accuracy. If you make the wrong move, you’re out. The last person playing is the winner.

  1. First take your cup and turn it upside down.
  2. Clap twice and tap the cup 3 times on the top.
  3. Now clap again and pick up your cup and move it to the right.
  4. You clap, pick up the cup upside down, so when you pick it up, it’s upright.
  5. Tap the top of it with your left hand, put it down.
  6. Pick it up with your left hand, put your right hand down, and cross your left arm over your right to put the cup back on the table.

So the whole thing is:

  1. Clap, clap, tap, tap, tap.
  2. Clap, move, right.
  3. Clap, turn, touch, touch, change, pat, over.

One more time just to see if you’ve got it:

  1. Clap clap tap tap tap,
  2. Clap… move… right.
  3. Clap, turn, touch, touch, change, pat, over.

Off you go!

3 Responses

  1. Wow – it’s really hard! But something about the beat is mesmerising. I’ve got to figure out how I can teach it in my kids yoga class.

    • Hi! It *is* a mesmerising beat, isn’t it? Once you know it, you’ll be hearing it in your head for hours.

      Here’s a tip that helped me: first, break it into two parts (see that update video I added?). Then in counts of 7 or 8, you can break each part down even further (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 …or 8). It might also help when you demonstrate to have everybody in a row (at a table or on the floor) facing the same way to avoid RH/LH mixups. Later, when everybody knows the rhythm, form a circle.

      If you can show your kids the videos first so that they know what they’re getting themselves into, then the rest is just explaining.

      Please get back to me and let me know how it goes!

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