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The Great Toss Off!

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    Children's Museum Of Houston

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The Great Toss Off!

In this math game, learners toss plastic cups to land just right and collect points to win. Use this activity to help learners understand probability; learners have the opportunity to see that some events are more probable than others, such as the cup landing on its bottom. This activity guide contains a material list, sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Small paper or plastic cups
  • Score sheets
  • Marker and pencils


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Patterns
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Probability
    • Number and Operations

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Children's Museum of Houston,

Funding Source:

  • ExxonMobil