Cup Stacking Game

Cup stacking is a great way to improve dexterity and hand eye co-ordination and makes a great individual or group challenge! The aim of the game is to make pyramids out of cups as quickly and neatly as you can while being timed.

Equipment needed

  • 9 paper/plastic cups in 3 piles of 3
  • Stopwatch
  • Flat surface


  1. Ask participating residents to put their hands face down on the table in front of their 3 piles.
  2. When you start the clock, they have to stack up each pile into a pyramid using both hands.
  3. Once they have stacked all 3 pyramids they must go back to where they started, dismantle each pyramid and put the cups back into 3 piles using both hands.
  4. When they have finished they must lace their hands back on the table in front of their cups and you need to stop the clock.
    • Who managed to stack up and take down their cups the quickest?
    • Whose stacks were the neatest?
    • Who lost all their cups?
  5. Tip: Practise with 1 pile and build up to 3 to increase the challenge!

Thank you to NAPA and Corinna Gray for this activity idea.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I do the activities I’n. A residential care home and found this game fun and the residents loved it thank you keep ideas flowing 🙂 x

  2. Trey says:

    We have a few clients in care that are not able to use both hands. They enjoy participating in activities. This game we have modified to use 1 hand and whatever part of the body that helps them feel part of the group.

  3. Mary says:

    I have not tried this activity yet with the patients I work with, Iam sure they will enjoy it.

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