Preschooler Activity: Counting Blocks, Building Towers


counting blocks to build a tower

Counting blocks on their corresponding numbers. Sounds kind of dull, huh? So…

How do you get a preschooler boy excited about learning?
Bring in the big machines.

By bringing in Henry’s everyday love of farming into activities, especially learning activities, he’s excited to do it! No arm twisting whatsoever.

That, and Henry is excited about counting lately too.
So this was especially fun for him!
[until his little brother woke from his nap and all the towers came tumbling down...]

I had Henry first put together the ABC Mat numbers in a straight row, in the correct order.

To really get him into the activity, Henry loaded up the blocks to haul them to the number mats.

learning activity for preschooler, counting!

Block towers were stacked on their corresponding number.
The number 0 got 0 blocks.
The 1 got a 1 block tower.
The 2 got a 2 block tower.
… and so on, all the way up to a tower that’s 9 blocks high!

counting activity for preschooler with blocks

Henry made a few mistakes, but did double check his work and found his errors.
He even argued with me a little, until he counted them himself.

building block towers while counting

I can’t believe what a success this activity was.

Counting blocks has never been so much fun!

And it has so much learning potential for a preschooler.

… And then George woke up from nap…
That was the end of counting the block towers…

Henry is 3 years.

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  1. maryanne @ mama smiles says

    I love the way you are using Henry's interests to help him learn!

    Thanks for sharing with Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

  2. Having Fun says

    I was going to say that this would be a awesome activity to do with my daughter, but then she'd have to complete with her 2 year old sister. Then I noticed you said at the end that his brother was napping. I'll have to do it with my daughter when sister is napping. Cool. Very hands on and I'm sure what he loves. Trucks.

  3. tricia says

    Jamie- This is a great way to tailor learning according to the interests of a child- My son is all about trucks!

    • Jamie says

      Thanks! It was a huge hit at our house – I’m glad you guys had some fun with it too! By the way – love your version.

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