Building Towers

Early Years
Age 3-6

Curriculum

Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour

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

Context

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

Materials

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

Lesson

  • Players take turns drawing a number/dot/word card from a shuffled pile, building a tower using that many unifix cubes, and placing it on the corresponding number on the game board.
  • Then the players collect all of their towers to see whose tower is taller and by how much.
  • Players shuffle the 1 to 10 cards and place them upside down.
  • Player 1 selects a card (e.g., 6), reads the number, then builds the corresponding “tower” (in this case, 6 unifix cubes tall), and carefully places that tower on the corresponding number on the game board.
  • Player 2 then selects a card and does the same.
  • This continues until each player has had 5 turns, and all 10 cards have been drawn.
  • Players can then collect their towers (e.g., towers 2, 3, 4, 7, and 10) to build one tall tower (e.g., 28 unifix cubes tall).
  • The player with the taller tower wins.

Look Fors

  • Can the child identify…
    • How many unifix cubes tall is your 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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