Newest Review: ... remembered that they looked quite fun and I knew my boys would be thrilled. Speed Stacks are basically little blue cups with holes ... more
You will have stacks of fun with these cups.
Member Name: jazzypinkpuppet
Advantages: Easy to use, Easy to learn, Inexpensive, helps improve coordination.
Disadvantages: Can become addictive, need more than one set to have head to head games or make bigger stacks.
As part of a new 'brain active' initiative at my daughters school, they introduced the children to Speed Stacks.
Speed stacks is a simple game which involves stacking twelve plastic cups on top of each other in different ways. The claim is that it promotes hand eye co ordination, bilateral coordination and hugely increases concentration. Here is how we got on with them.
Why I bought them - My eleven year old daughter was coming home from school buzzing about this new game they were playing at school, they way she explained it was "we have to put cups on top of each other as quick as we can". To me it sounded bizarre and quite silly, so when I had a look online I was quite surprised that this 'silly' game was a being touted as a sport and there were Speed Stack championships all over the world.
Over the next few weeks Sophie continued to be excited by this game and started asking if I could buy her some cups of her own so she could play the game at home. Which I did.
Buying the stack - The choice of cups is quite amazing you can get mini, large, glow in the dark, sets with timers, battle kits the list goes on, however I bought her a basic set of 12 neon pink stacking cups, the cups come in a mesh carry bag so when not in use they can be stacked away neatly. This is a great feature as I am sure cups would be lost without it.
Using the cups - The cups are made of a tough plastic, at the bottom of each cup is three small holes to stop them sticking together whilst in play. The inside of the cups are extra smooth to reduce friction.
In the carry bag was a small leaflet explaining basic sequences of stacking and tips on how to use the cups. The most common and easiest sequence is the 3-6-3, which is a tier of 3, a tier of 6 and another tier of 3. The idea is that you start of with the cups in front of you in three stacks of 3,6 and 3. Then see how long it takes you to build the stacks and take them down.
I was surprised at how much fun my daughter was having from twelve plastic cups, until I had a go then I was hooked. It was a challenge at first to get the right technique and the cups kept falling down but once I had the knack there was no stopping me. We made up games and challenges and I found myself becoming quite competitive, sadly to the point of while the kids were at school I was practicing my stacking skills so I could beat my daughter when she got home !!
My husband and six year old son took an interest too and so we bought some more cups. This meant we could make bigger stacks on our own or have head to head 'stack offs' which were great fun.
Are the claims true ? Well I think speed stacks definitely promote coordination, your brain and hands have to work at the same time and at high speeds. You need to concentrate to ensure your stacks do not fall and are correctly placed. However the main benefit of these are the fun factor and the major plus point of anyone can do it.
My Daughters school now have a speed stack event on sports day, I think this is brilliant for any children who may not be very athletic. I am not convinced however that you can call Speed Stacking a sport, I can't imagine it appearing at the Olympics anytime soon.
Where can I get them ? I bought mine from Amazon, they cost £9.99 for a set of twelve basic cups, there were many choices to choose from.
I would really recommend these as a family fun game, be careful you don't get addicted though .
Summary: A great game that can be played alone or as a team.
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