31 days of unplugged play: stacking and building

Today’s unplugged play idea is stacking.

This is an activity that can be adapted to all ages:  babies love to knock things down or older kids might appreciate the challenge of building a card house.  There is a wide range of appeal and ability for this play idea.

Supplies and materials

Things to that you can stack:

  • blocks
  • plastic cups
  • playing cards
  • dominos
  • flat, smooth stones
  • shoeboxes

Today we’re going to be stacking and building.  How high can your child build?

Set the scene for building and stacking fun by finding a smooth, stable surface for this unplugged play idea (and perhaps opt for baby’s nap time or provide a place out of reach of baby’s hands for an older sibling who might be bothered by baby’s natural curiosity and desire to knock stacks down).


Play, Learn, Explore

  • How high can you build?
  • Can you mix building supplies?  Will a base of cards hold a wooden block?
  • Does the width of your base affect how high you can build?
  • Will baby or toddler imitate you?  If you stack up three blocks, will she?

Remember, don’t be tempted to guide this activity too heavily: set the scene and see where your children take it.

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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. I feel like my boys stack and build with everything – but you know what, there is room for more! They haven’t tried cards yet, or cups. We will try it today. Thanks!
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