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Friday, April 23, 2010

Speed Stacks

It turns out I'm not the only one in the family that knows how to properly obsess over something. Mason has a new obsession.

Mason and Ellorie have been learning a new "sport" in P.E. at school called "speed stacking" or "cup stacking". Okay, it's technically not a sport in any traditional sense, but it is competitive and promotes eye-hand coordination. Mason is obsessed. Click HERE to see what it's supposed to look like.

He went through my cupboards the first day after getting home from school and pulled out all the cups in the house. Didn't really work. The best bet was some plastic disposable cups that Averie kept filling with water and dumping all over the floor. There were literally cups laying all over the house and momma wasn't too happy. He spent the best part of the weekend stacking the plastic cups until a few of them broke and there were no longer twelve identical cups in the house. Then he started looking online for a set of his own "speed stacks". We found that they are kinda expensive. He has been saving his money for a while, but he didn't quite have enough.

We gave him the option of digging rocks out of the lawn to earn money. He filled ELEVEN buckets full of rocks, earning him the remaining needed cash for his beloved cups. Man, that kid has tenacity. I need to find the same motivation to get him to keep his bedroom clean, and we'll be in good shape.

After several days of talking and thinking about nothing else, we concluded that he was serious about this "Speed Stacks" thing. We found a good deal online and ordered the set. He happily turned over all his hard-earned dollars.

It arrived Wednesday, but he had to have his room clean before opening it (I'm such a mean mom), so he didn't get to open the package until Thursday. After only 24 hours of practicing this is what he can do (keep in mind he's still a beginner) :

This one is called the Cycle

And the shorter 3-6-3

Ellorie, Averie, and even Brandon have been trying their hand at stacking. Here is Ellorie demonstrating the beginning 3-3-3:

I have to admit it's more intriguing than I originally thought. I can definitely see the draw. Mason got up at the crack of dawn this morning to practice before school, and he was practicing well after he should have been in bed tonight. We'll have to post some videos in a few weeks to see his improvement. It's actually kinda fun.

If you want to see some REALLY impressive stacking, head over to youtube and watch some more pros. It's pretty amazing.


Sharon said...

holy smokes! his cups even came with a timer?! that's awesome! i have a secret love for people who can stack cups, i can't wait to see mason's mad skills get improve

Brittany said...

Mason doing the cycle was pretty cool!

Bryce and Sharee said...

That is so cool! I've always liked the egg commercial where the kid is stacking. Its fun to watch. Can't wait to see how good he will get...I think he is pretty good already! Ellorie did great too. It would take me awhile to learn the steps.

The Wendt Wagon said...

What an awesome thing for them to do. They are getting so many things out of that game like fine and gross motor skill development. WOW. I love it when kids put their mind to something. I am excited to see his improvement video.

Gina said...

How fun! I expect a video with Brandon soon! This may catch on for the whole family and become a serious Competitive Display! Pretty cool stuff. Mason has got all the right stuff for this.

Kirsa said...

This was getting to be a big thing at the elementary school I was volunteering at last semester. We even had our developmental delay pre-school doing it! Of course, our stacks were much simpler and slower... but they were still fun and good for learning. I can't believe how fast Mason can take down the stack. You blink and you miss it!