I try to use Sport Stacking cups any chance I get because they always engage and excite kids, and they can be a great learning tool too.
Tonight I was tasked with teaching on teamwork and how we all must work together using our different gifts and talents. So, as I often do when I need to teach is I mine the incredible content found in DiscipleTown units and looked that the How to Discover Gifts and Talents, and found a great game!
In the lesson it suggested numbered Styrofoam cups (since that is available to anyone) but I prefer to use Speed Stacks cups.
I made two sets of ten cups using ten different colors. (Yeah, I own a lot of stacking cups, including many discontinued colors.) Then I made slips of papers with the colors names on them. To choose volunteers I simply passed out the slips one at a time to ten volunteers.
The Rules: They needed to make a pyramid, BUT they could only touch the cup of the color they were assigned. Teamwork and communication were needed!
Round One: Simple pyramid, one on two on three on four cups. Any order, but each child could only touch their cup, even if a collapse happened.
Round Two: After swapping cards with someone else, they could only use their less dominate hand. (For example, right-handers had to use their left hand, and visa versa)
Round Three: I did a variety (I teach three times at my club each night on rotation) so I made them do a tower of the cups, on on top of the other, and another time they did a pyramid with three on the bottom and then a tower, the second option is better for younger kids.
It was a fun game that the kids really enjoyed, and it was a great lead-in to discussing teamwork, the need to listen and cooperate. It is amazing how FAST these kids get after a few rounds, the improvements made are dramatic as they get the hang of working together and talking strategy with each other.