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Group Cup Stack

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Short description of activity: Group works together to build a tower of cups

Type of activity: Team Building

Minimum Time Needed for Activity: 20 Min

Grade Level: 3rd and up

Subject Area: none


For each group of 4-6 people:

  • 6 or 10 plastic drink cups 
  • one sturdy rubber band with 4 to 6 strings tied to it (or use girth hitch to create additional strings)

Set up:

  1. Divide class into groups of 4-6 people.
  2. Give each a prepared rubber band and 6 or 10 cups.
  3. Cups should be separated and placed in front of the group.


  1. Each person holds one or more strings. Teams will work together to flex the rubber band to pick up and stack cups into a tower/pyramid. 
    • The cups must be moved with the rubber band only- people cannot use any body part or other object to move a cup or stop it from moving.



    • Have the cups laying down at the beginning of the activity so they have to be stood up to grab.
    • Write letters on the cups and have teams spell words
    • Write numbers and mathematical functions on the cups and have teams create/solve problems or write equations
    • Have teams disassemble towers and reassemble in another location.
    • Have the cups assembled in another formation (pyramid with a square base, or a circular base)
    • Use objects other than cups


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