cup and ball game


A traditional cup and ball game which develops not only a child’s hand eye co-ordination but also their persistence. An important quality in these modern times of instant gratification.

Choose between a pink, blue  or green felted ball.

  • Handmade from local, reclaimed Beech wood and hand felted, naturally dyed British wool.
  • Finished with a blended oil made from lavender, orange and tree oils.
  • Free Personalisation – To make yours extra special have a name or initials hand burnt into the wood. Please write your chosen name or initials in the ‘personalisation’ box at checkout.
  • Presented in a hand woven, ethically made, cotton drawstring bag.
  • CE safety certified for ages 3+.
  • Approximate Measurements: 12 x 5 cm. Ball diameter 3.5 cm.

Receive an automatic 10% discount when you order 3 or more cup and balls.





A traditional cup and ball game handcrafted from a solid piece of recycled local, Beech wood. This means it’ll withstand hard knocks with ease. The ball’s made from hand felted British wool dyed using plant based dyes. It’s attached to the cup using sustainable hemp twine which is again made in the UK.

I hit myself on the head playing with a cup and ball as a child and I can still remember how much it hurt. So replacing the wooden ball with a soft felt one means there’s much less danger of injury.

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Cup and Ball Technique

The cup and ball game is deceptively simple.  Just swing the ball on its string and catch it in the cup. However, it actually requires a lot of skill. The repetitious process of learning how to do this helps develop hand eye co-ordination but also something more inportant. The fact that it takes time to learn encourages persistence and and builds motivation in a child. These are important qualities to foster in an age of instant gratification. As such I recommend this toy most suitable for ages 7+.

The best technique is to grip the cup’s handle with your thumb over the knot. Let the ball hang straight down on its string in front of you. Swing in a forwards and backwards motion, keeping the string straight, when you’re ready swing the ball up and bring the cup up underneath it in a scooping motion.


Make yours extra special by having a name or initials hand burnt into the wood.

Please specify your chosen name or initials in the ‘personalisation’ box at checkout.


CE certified safe for children aged 3 years and older.

Warning: Due to the string which poses a danger of strangulation this toy is recommended for ages 3+. Do not allow young children to play with it unsupervised.

Shipping & Packaging

Plastic free, recycled & recyclable packaging is used.

Toys are shipped within 3-5 days from the time of ordering.

Royal Mail 2nd Class post is the standard shipping method. If you’d prefer your order delivered more quickly select a shipping upgrade during checkout.


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