Tumbling Towers

For This Activity, You Will Need



A bunch of items to vertically stack: Blocks, boxes, legos, books, dominoes, etc. Anything relatively flat that you have around the house that you won't mind toppling down!


Setting Up The Activity


No setup. Just have a bunch of stuff to stack nearby. This game is best played on a hard surface low to the ground, such as kitchen tile, hardwood floor, play mat, or coffee table.


Playing The Activity


The goal is to work together to make a tower of things. Take turns each stacking books (for example) one on top of the other, until it gets so high that the tower topples down. If the tower becomes too high for your little one to place a book, pick her up and help her get there.



  • If you are using different types of items, describe what each thing is before you stack it. "This is a book with a long story and lots of pages. It's bigger and heavier than the other items we've stacked so far."

  • Ask your child situational questions when it's your turn. "Do you think this block will make the tower fall? What about this book?" or "I wonder what will happen if I do this."

  • Make goofy sounds to indicate that you're nervous when it's your turn to show that you're nervous too as the tower gets higher.

  • If your child's item causes the tower to tumble, use positive excitement: "Wow! That was really fun! Want to try it again?"

  • At the end of the game, work together to clean the game up and say, "I had a lot of fun playing this with you tonight."




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