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Build Up and Topple Down

Ever wonder why children 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!

Girl in classroom playing with wood 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.

  2. Encourage your toddler to stack with you! Count the blocks as you add them to the tower.

  3. Build the tower together as high as you can and then let your toddler knock it down with his hands or feet.

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

This activity helps your toddler develop listening skills, early math skills, motor skills, and social-emotional skills.

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