Many of us have returned to filled classrooms and hallways. It’s time to get it back into gear (you know, eat fast, run to the bathroom, and stand for most of the day). It takes me the first few weeks to get back into the hectic rush. However, those kiddos in front of me make it all worth it.
One of my favorite activities to do the first day or first week of school is a team-based red Solo cup activity. Students collaborate and work together to stack the cups in a variety of patterns. I love watching them work together. Bust out some great music while they work together, and you’ve got a classroom filled with laughter and fun. It’s truly a memorable activity for the children.
You only need a few things to make the magic happen!
- 6 red Solo cups (per team/group)
- Create the tool students will use with string and rubber bands (this will move the cups).
***NOTE: I use the thick rubber bands because they are less likely to break. I also have extra “tools” on hand. It never fails that a couple of them are broken during the activity by accident.
- Each group will place the cups in three separate stacks (2 cups in each stack)
- Move the cups by using the “tool” into a six pyramid shape (see picture).
- After the pyramid is complete, teams raise their hands in the air and give a holler.
- Repeat the activity (I see a lot of confidence exude from kiddos on this round).
- This time, see which group can finish first.
- Reflect and discuss what worked well and what could have been improved.
- Some students finish extra early, so I let them use more cups and make a pattern of their choice.
What did you do your first week? Wishing you all a wonderful school year!
Until next time!