Build a Cup Tower

Can you build a cup tower using cups and paper? This is a fun STEM challenge for all ages.
build a cup tower
Build a cup tower by putting 4 paper or plastic cups in each layer, separated with pieces of cardstock or construction paper. How tall can you build your cup tower? Can you make it using 3 cups in each layer? What about 2? Have fun experimenting!
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  • Reply Jen

    Looks like fun for any age!! My girls would like to do this, but little brother will frustrate them and keep knocking it down as he giggles and runs away! Glad to be back to the blogging world- just got a new computer! Woo Hoo! Hope that you are doing well.

    Creative and Curious Kids!

    May 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    I like this a LOT!!! Thanks for sharing!

    May 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Caroline Mukisa | Maths Insider

    What a lovely, practical math/engineering activity! I’m going to dig out some plastic cups and give this a go.

    May 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    This would be great to do at a picnic with little ones.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm
  • Reply Katey Magill

    Great idea!

    May 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply AmyD

    Fun idea and simple, but even little ones could do it. I am hosting a park playdate next week and I think I am bringing this idea in case it’s hot and the kiddos need a “task” to do when cooling off under the picnic shelter. Thanks for all your great ideas. LOVE THEM!

    May 18, 2011 at 4:23 am
  • Reply Rachel

    This looks like it was a ton of fun! I love how simple it is and yet can be expanded!

    May 19, 2011 at 3:56 am
  • Reply ~SHANNON~

    Great idea!!! My toddler love sto stack- and then demolish. She would really like a new thing to build with:)

    May 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply pink and green mama MaryLea

    We love stacking cups around here – yogurt containers, bathroom cups, plastic cups, etc! Thanks for linking up and sharing this with the Smart Summer Challenge!

    pink and green mama

    July 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply dressage66

    This would be fun to “decorate” with bottle caps, blocks, beads etc. It would look like a giant layer cake.

    July 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm
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