# Speed Stackers

August 12, 2020

As you learn to do new things, sometimes you find out you’re really fast at them. You might be a fast jungle-gym-climber, or Lego-snap-togetherer, or ice-cream-eater. Well, one fun thing people do really fast is cup-stacking. They race to stack regular old plastic cups into pyramids, without knocking anything over. So of course, now people race at this against each other. In official speed-stacking, players are given 12 cups. First you build a big 6-cup pyramid with 2 little 3-cup triangles on either side. Then you shove all the cups back together, then take them apart to build two 6s. Then you build a 10-cup pyramid, and finally you put the cups back in their starting spots. Watch this kid’s awesome video and try for yourself…you might find out you’re a speed stacker, too!

Wee ones: If you stack a 6-cup pyramid and your friend stacks a 3-cup one, who stacked more cups?

Little kids: If you’ve stacked your 6-cup pyramid and first 3-cup pyramid, how many cups have you stacked?  Bonus: If the winner stacks in 12 seconds, your friend stacks in 16 seconds, and your time is exactly halfway between, how fast do you stack?

Big kids: If you stack 6 cups, then 3 cups, then 10, then 6 again and 3 again to start over…what size pyramid do you stack on the 19th time? See if you can get it without counting all the way up! Bonus: If you stack a 6-cup and 2 3-cups, then 2 6-cups, and then a 10-cup, and you take 1/2 second to place each cup, how fast do you stack all that?