Free the Ping Pong

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The Problem:
How can you remove a ping pong ball placed in the bottom of a drinking glass without touching the glass?


Ping pong ball
Jug of water


Place the ping pong ball in the bottom of the glass with the water jug and straws near by. Tell the cubs to try and get the ball out without touching the ball or the glass. Work in small teams.

Fill the glass with water from the jug and the ball will rise to the top and the ball can be removed.
Use a straw and suck the ball up and out of the glass. Be careful not to touch the sides!


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