TweedleWink: Cup Stacking Activity Enhances Brain Function

Right Brain Kids Activity: Cup Stacking

Cup stacking is one of the activities that the children are encouraged to do in TweedleWink. It helps to linking and enhance left- and right-brain functionality, and has been shown to heighten intuition and creativity.

What do you need?

12 speed stacking cups.

What do you do?

Cup stacking involves taking a dozen specially-made plastic cups, and quickly stacking – and unstacking – cup towers, alternating the movements of the left and right hands.

In professional speed stacking competitions, this is what they do:


This method uses nine cups.

The stacker must create three pyramids of three cups each, and then downstack the cups back into nested stacks of three in the order that they were upstacked.


This method uses 12 cups.

The stacker must stack up three pyramids made up of three cups on the left, six cups in the center, and three cups on the right (“3-6-3”), and then downstack them to three nested stacks.

You can see this in the video below:


The competitive nature of the these activities makes it left brain oriented. TweedleWink recommends these cup stacking activities instead which are more right brain friendly:

Water Wheel

This method uses four to 12 cups. (Fewer for smaller children, more for older children.)

Four to 12 cups are stacked into a single stack. Then one by one (using left and right hands alternately), the cups are placed in front of the stack to create a new stack until all cups have been used. When all the cups have been transferred, the stack is pulled back, and the process can begin all over again.

Two Mountains

This method uses four to 12 cups. (Fewer for smaller children, more for older children.)

Four to 12 cups are stacked into a single stack. The first cup is placed to the right of the stack with the right hand. Then the next cup is placed to the left of the stack with the left hand. Continue in this way until you have a stack on either side of the original stack, and when all cups are distributed, you should have two mountains!

Building the Tower

In this activity, small toddlers can make a tower out of three cups. Older children can make the towers (stated above).

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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