Activity| Fast paper cup games to play

BF Paper Cub Games

Some plastic or paper cups are all you need for these low-cost, last-minute games.

Tower wars

Time needed: 15 minutes

Suitable for: Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

Ask your young people to divide themselves into teams, each team should have an equal number of cups. The aim is for teams to battle it out by making the best towers they can out of the cups. Give each round a theme, ie, tallest tower, most creative tower, and impose a time restriction. The team who builds the best tower wins. 

Hungry Beavers 

Time needed: 10–15 minutes

Suitable for: Beavers and Cubs

This is like a game of Hungry Hippos with sweets. Fill a large plate with sweets such as M&Ms or Skittles and give each Beaver and Cub a paper cup and thin straw. At the signal, they each have to use their straw and suction to pick up as many sweets as they can and drop them into the cup. The one with the most sweets in their cup at the end wins.

On the move

Time needed: 5–10 minutes

Suitable for: Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers

Build a stack of red cups, placing one blue cup in the middle of the stack. The object of the game is to move the blue cup through the stack until the blue cup is at the bottom. Have a collection of 40 cups per stack and impose a 60 second time limit. For the younger Beavers, have fewer cups in the stack and give them more time.

Popcord relay

Time needed: 10–20 minutes

Suitable for: Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

Make shoe cups by poking a hole in the bottom of a cup, pushing a wide elastic band through the holes and fixing it with a paperclip so the elastic band stays inside the cup. Sort the section into teams and give each person a shoe cup to fix over their own shoe, with the cup resting upright on top of their foot. The idea is to fill the cup with popcorn and race to fill your team’s box, trying not to lose any popcorn on the way. The team that fills the box with the most popcorn within five minutes wins.

Want more? Go online to scouts.org.uk/magazine to download our extended list of 10 cup games!

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