Unifix Counting Towers

Early Years
Age 3-6


Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour ​

  • Demonstrate an understanding of numbers, using concrete materials to explore and investigate counting, quantity, and number relationships. (#15)​
  • Apply the mathematical processes to support the development of mathematical thinking, to demonstrate understanding, and to communicate thinking and learning in mathematics, while engaged in play-based learning and in other contexts. (#20)​


  • Students work one-on-one with an educator.


  • 1 to 10 number line (Appendix A – download)​
  • 1 to 10 number cards (Appendix B – download)​
  • 55 Unifix cubes of the same colour​


  • Ask the child to point and read each number on the number line (Appendix A – download). ​
  • Put the deck of number cards (Appendix B – download) upside down.​
  • Invite the child to select a number card, read the number and build the corresponding “tower”.​
  • The child continues the activity until they have turned over every card and completed the staircase of towers from one to ten. ​
  • Ask children comparison questions – How many more cubes are there in tower 5 than in tower 4?

Look Fors

  • Do children have one-to-one correspondence when counting?​
  • How comfortably can children recognize the symbolic number and build the corresponding tower?​
  • Can children answer comparison questions accurately?​

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