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Build Up and Topple Down

Ever wonder why babies are always knocking things over? They are learning! Playing with and knocking over blocks is a great way for kids to learn about gravity, and cause and effect. Plus, they can learn colors and patterns too!

Baby pointing at toy blocks

Supplies List:
  • Blocks of all shapes, sizes, weights, and colors

  • Large and small soft blocks

  • Wooden blocks

  • Plastic interlocking blocks

  1. Place one block on the floor or a low table and stack more on top, one at a time. Count the blocks as you add them to the tower. Build the tower as high as you can and then let your baby knock it down with his hands or feet.

  2. After you build the tower, try to have your baby wait to knock it down by saying, “Ready, set, go!” or other anticipatory phrases. This will teach your child to wait and listen during activities.

This activity helps your child develop fine motor skills, listening skills, language skills, sensory skills, early math skills, and social-emotional skills.

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