Building Towers

Early Years (Age 3 – 6)

Curriculum Goal

Kindergarten: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour

  • Demonstrate an understanding of numbers, using concrete materials to explore and investigate counting, quantity, and number relationships (#15).


  • Children can play in pairs or one-on-one with an educator.


  • Game board (Appendix A)
  • Number cards, dot cards, or word cards (Appendix B) or dice
  • 80 unifix cubes total – 40 cubes of the same colour for each player


  • Players take turns drawing a number/dot/word card (Appendix B) from a shuffled pile (or rolling the dice), building a tower using that many unifix cubes, and placing it on the corresponding number on the game board (Appendix A).
  • The game ends when each player has had 5 turns or all 10 cards have been drawn from the deck.
  • Then each player stacks all of their towers to make one big tower.
  • Children can compare to see whose tower is taller and by how much.

Look Fors

  • Can the child identify…
    • How many unifix cubes tall is the tower?
    • How many more unifix cubes does your tower need to be the same height as the other player’s tower?
    • How many unifix cubes does your tower need to get rid of to be the same height as the other player’s tower?

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