Mad Cup Stacking for Indoor Fun
PickyKidPix came home from school the other day and announced, “I have mad cup stacking skills.”
I was like, “What?”
She repeated, “I have mad cup stacking skills. Only Ethan beat me and only by a fraction of a second.”
She proceeded to collect every disposable cup in the house and went off with her friend Charlotte to practice cup stacking. Acquiring mad cup stacking skills apparently requires practice. My other kids had to join in. Cup stacking is irresistible!
It turns out that the school Book Fair fundraiser took place in the gym and usually the weather is nice so the kids can do Physical Education outside. But it rained one of the days, so P.E. was moved to the lunch room, and mad cup stacking was the activity of the day. The kids loved it!
Cup stacking can be played for speed or height. It can be a tool to design architecturally sound structures too! The best part is that you probably have disposable cups in your house. Any size will work. Mixing cups makes it more interesting and challenging.
Here are some variations to tie in math with mad cup stacking skills:
- Time It! Clock how fact you can stack a certain number of cups. Record it and note your fastest and slowest times. What is the difference between them?
- Count It! How many cups can you stack before your structure falls down? Can you count by 2s?
- Engineer It! Can you stack higher with particular size cups? Will paper cups stack higher than plastic? Why do you think? Does size matter? Do smaller or bigger cups build a pyramid with more cups?
- Shape It! What other shapes can you build with cups besides a pyramid? Try experimenting.
- Build It and Take It Down! Give each child the same number of cups. Then race to see who can build it and take it down the fastest.
I personally like how the cup stacking can be done individually or as a team or both! It’s a fun and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon. And the best part is that when your kids are done playing, you can use the cups again for their intended purpose!
What other games can you think of with cups? Send me your mad cup stacking photos and I’ll post them here! Thanks!
p.s. Here’s an amazing kid, William Polly, with mad cup stacking skills:
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