Friday, January 7, 2011

Hand Eye Coordination Secondary Level

Speedy Movements

My Lil Muallim # 3 got the whole house very excited today. What was the cause of all the excitement?


He was so full of it after doing it with his friends. Back at home we looked at some record Speed Stacking videos on the official Speed Stack website..... yes Speed Stacking is actually a sport and there is a WSSA - Word Sport Stacking Association. It was a revelation to me ! 

Wourld Sport Stacking Association

You can also check out the Speed Stacks at Amazon and read reviews by clicking on the image below.


Check out some of the OFFICIAL RECORDS videos 

They are quite interesting......

Personally, I would not like Lil Muallim # 1 to chase a record, but for me this is definitely a good way to improve hand eye co-ordination and make swift hand movements. Now those are skills that can be useful in sooooooo many ways.

There are some tutorial videos on the official site but there's too much music and other things I am comfortable not comfortable with.

Soooo........I found this tutorial.... the fact it's given by a kid for me is beneficial in many ways. It was simple, homely and kids friendly. Lil Muallim # 3 was impressed how a kid was explaining so well.... ahem (now that's a good skill to have isn't it :) ) Well back to the tutorial check it out here.


After going through the videos and discussing the skills that can be attained from this. Lil Muallim # 1 said ever so innocently, "Mama I like how you like everything I like" .....aaaawwwww Alhumdolillah

Speed Stacking at Umamah Learning Academy

It is notable that the shape of the cup really makes it work well. But before even thinking of investing into this my mind started rolling with what other options I have.....hhmmmmmm

How the design of the glass effects the activity is a science lesson in the making. :):):):) I guess we homeschool moms try not to miss any opportunity.

For now, I suggested we try out the Ikea plastic children's tumblers we have first.

Ummi's Advice: I always try to imply to my kids that there is not only one way of doing things. We should always improvise. We don't need to BUY things / spend money to have fun. Making things up on your own is not only more amusing but also rewarding.

Trying it out

After a couple of times Lil Muallim # 1 figured out how to keep the tumblers from getting stuck inside each other.......atleast most of the times. He figured out how much pressure to use and loosed the stacked tumblers before starting afresh every time.

He tried out different sequences with the 15 tumblers we had.

5 groups of 2-1

2 groups of  3-2-1 and i group of 2-1

1 group of 4-3-2-1 and 1 group of 2-1

1 group 5-4-3-2-1 

He did, and did, and did, and did and couldn't stop :) Infact he got the others doing it too.

Lil Muallim #1 Speed Stacking

It was fun to watch Lil Muallim #1 doing it and teaching to his siblings VERY PATIENTLY Mashallah! It was so cute how he kept encouraging them

Lil Muallim # 2 Speed Stacking


Lil Muallimah Speed Stacking

 Lil Muallimah wouldn't be left behind and she tried it too... and did quite well to everyones surprise. The older Muallims were quite patient with her Mashallah and kept egging her on.

First she made her 'Tower'


And Ta Daaaaa.... she raised her arms uo\p in excitement when she was done.......


After almost  4 hours of speed stacking in between dinner, clean up, and snow shoveling, hehe 

Lil muallim commented: "This is the best past time ever for your free time!"

Guess I will be pulling this one up on him the next time he says I am bored. HA HA!!!

Timed Stacking

Mind you, the stop watch was out after 2 hours and scores were being kept. To my and his utmost delight and Abi's surprise Lil Muallim improved his score with practice. Infact in the longest sequence his time came down by more than a minute.......Mashallah!

 I am loving it cause I keep telling him we shouldn't expect ourselves to be perfect as soon as we try to do something...PRACTICE IS THE KEY.....but ofcourse who likes hearing that?

 Now with speed stacking, he WANTS to practice, so he is doing it again and again. I pray to Allah that he applies this lesson learnt so candidly, in other things too Ameen. 

Do I sense your plastic glasses coming out too? 

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