Speed Cup Stacking Games for School

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Speed Cup Stacking Games for School
These cups are shown in the beginning and end position for speed stacking. (stack of plastic cups image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

Speed cup stacking involves the building of pyramids using cups and then disassembling them as quickly as possible.

Activity Breaks

Use speed stacking as a chance to get kids moving and actively involved in an activity. If the class is struggling with paying attention during class time, utilise the cups as a short activity to bring them back into focus. Assign the students to stacking teams. When you notice the class attention lacking, send the students to their "stacking station." Assign students a task such as making three separate pyramids out of three cups, six cups and three cups using their left hand only. All students in the group must complete the assignment. The winner receives a small token.

Winter Olympics

As a teacher establishing the use of speed stacking involve it in other activities. In years during which the Winter Olympics take place, design a number of challenges for students. One of the categories can be cup speed stacking. These are great activities also for inside recess. Break students into teams and have them compete against each other. Students can go head to head or against a clock. Winners should be chosen on speed of the entire team for the team gold medal.

School Competitions

Create school competitions for speed stacking. PE teachers are more likely to create speed stacking as part of their curriculum, but it can be used by general classroom teachers. For example, the entire grade may have competitions to see who is the fastest speed cup stacker. If the school is interested in participating, there are additional competitions around the country for cup speed stacking.

Speed Typing Game

The popularity of speed stacking can be used for other speed games. Learning Games For Kids describes a speed typing game that uses the speed stacking format to help students develop faster keyboarding skills. The students must type in the correct letter to be able to go to the next layer of cups. Once the student has reached the top, then he must type in the letters back down the pyramid to complete the game and move onto the next pyramid.

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