Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
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:
- plastic cups
- playing cards
- flat, smooth stones
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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