Warm up your stackers’ hands and minds while stacking around the table.





  • One set of Speed Stacks for every stacker
  • One table for every four stackers


Place tables so stackers can easily move around the table’s perimeter. Place stackers four to a table with their cups downstacked in front of them and their hands resting on the table surface.

How To Play

On the ‘go’ signal, stackers upstack and downstack the determined pattern. Once all the stackers at a table complete the pattern, they move around the table to their right (counter clockwise) and begin stacking the next set of Speed Stacks. Stackers continue to stack and change positions around the table until you give the ‘stop’ signal.


  • Make sure the proper stacking technique and patterns are followed.
  • All fumbled cups must be fixed properly.
  • Stackers may not pass each other.


  • On the verbal ‘switch’ cue, stackers change their rotation and begin moving in a clockwise direction.
  • Line a number of tables end to end and expand the ‘Around the Table’ stacking to accommodate a large group.
  • Time the group using a StackMat after one complete rotation. One stacker starts and stops the StackMat after the single rotation.
  • Use more sets of cups than the number of students. If a student finishes and the person in front of them is not finished, they can go around that student to the next available set of cups.
  • Start with some sets upstacked and some sets downstacked. As players move around the table, they upstack cups that are downstacked and downstack cups that are upstacked.

Social Emotional Learning Alignment (SEL)

SEL helps strengthen the mind-body connection and center mental, social, and emotional health along with physical health.

  • Self-management
  • Responsible Decision Making
  • Respect For Others
  • Communication

Shape Standards

Comprehensive framework for educators to deliver high-quality instruction and makes a positive difference in the health and well-being of every student.

S2.E3 Combines movement concepts (direction, levels, force, time) with skills as directed by the teacher.
S3.E2.4 Actively engages in the activities of physical education class, both teacher-directed and independent.
S4.E1.3 Exhibits personal responsibility in teacher-directed activities
S5.E4.4 Describes & compares the positive social interactions when engaged in partner, small-group and large-group physical activities.


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