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?