Towers to 10

Purpose:

• To give practice in comparing and developing the idea of difference.

You need:

• 30 blocks of equal size in a pile between the 2 children
• A die

How to play:

• Child A rolls the die and builds a tower with the number rolled (if child rolls a 4 then they build a tower of 4 blocks).
• Child B also rolls the dice and then builds a tower (if a 6 is rolled then they build a tower of 6).
• They compare their towers and talk about the difference between their towers.
• Child B keeps 2 blocks and joins them together as the start of their individual tower.
• The rest of the blocks are returned to the centre pile.
• They repeat the rolls again and compare.
• If Child B once again has a higher tower than Child A, for example, a tower of 4 compared to a tower of 3 then they join that 1 block to the 2 they have already.
• The child that makes a tower to 10 first is the winner.

Variation:

• Instead of a game turn it into an activity where children can talk about ‘how many more’.