The child places the cubes in the correct order, from large to small, to build the tower.

The Pink Tower

The Pink Tower

Aim

The child develops visual and muscular perception of dimension.

Objectives

Develop:

  • co-ordination of movement
  • visual discrimination
  • precision

Age

2½+

Materials

  • Ten pink wooden cubes ranging from 1cm to 10cm per side
  • Small stand on which to keep the tower
  • Floor mat

Control of Error

Visual: If the tower has been built improperly, it may fall down.

Language

Language of size & comparison: large, small, larger, smaller, the largest, the smallest.

Presentation

Show the child the tower, which should be on its own stand.

Bring the cubes to the mat one at a time with your fingers on each of the four sides. By doing this you give the child the muscular impression of the size and faces of each cube.

After placing the cubes on the mat randomly, put the largest one in the middle and start to build a tower, making sure to place each cube centrally on the previous ones.

When you have finished building the tower, pause for a moment and look at your work from all sides and from above. Take the cubes apart and invite the child to take a turn building the tower.

Tips

The Pink Tower

If a small child has difficulty building the tower, use any other cube, or the five smallest or largest cubes.

We have used the eco-friendly wooden pyramid to give children an experience of nature, as well as to further explore dimensions and to learn to make comparisons between objects.

The pyramid consists of different types of natural wood rings: ash, oak, birch, elm, maple, linden, aspen, hazel, rowan and others. It’s not treated with paint nor any other substances.

The child stacks the wooden rings, from large to small, to build a wooden pyramid. Toddlers may explore the object by smelling and biting the rings!

Further Challenges

Once able to build and complete the tower with expertise, show the child how to build it lining up two faces of each cube with two faces of the cube below (with the tower showing two flat walls all the way up to the top).

Give the child opportunities to create patterns, placing the cubes either vertically or horizontally. Let the child discover as much as possible from the material. Only after the child has achieved fluency in handling the materials, reinforce their findings with the appropriate language.