Collaboration – Build a model from your own dice rules

In this variation of 'Build a Model', the children get to explore and create experiences with building a model together from the roll of a dice.
The task

Together, we build a model from roll of a dice. We decide together what the dice rules are. The purpose of the activity is that we collaborate when deciding, following, and changing our rules.

Collaboration – Build a Model We create a motivating environment for the children. 



Suggestion for introduction

We create a motivating environment for the children. 

For instance, we can say: “We practice building together and we try to use what we have already learned to reflect on the activity together. Maybe we learn something new about each other, like how we can combine our ideas. The activity is about building a model of something we decide together. It could be a house, a princess, or something else. We must agree on the dice rules that dictate how we build. Afterwards, we take turns rolling the dice. Three examples of dice rules could be:

  1. We land on blue (or 5 & 6): We build with a blue brick.
  2. We land on red (or 3 & 4): We exchange one brick with another.
  3. We land on green (or 1 & 2): We choose two bricks to place on the model.

We decide together what rules we want to play with and we can change them while building if we want to.”


The activity can be adapted to the framework of one lesson and varied according to the time available and the children’s prerequisites.


We need a dice. This could be a normal one or one from Lego. We also need some construction materials like Lego, wooden bricks, or Bakoba.

During the activity

During the play session, the children encounter challenges and successes, where we can stop and help spot what is difficult or what is going well. We can do this in several ways:

Reflection routines 

When we get the opportunity to reflect together with the children on what challenges or discoveries arise along the way, we can use one or more reflection routines. It could be, for example, a learning metaphor with a social strategy that we practice, an emoji that describes the feeling we have right now, or a rating of how well we think the building is going. In this way, a reflection routine can help to show and put into words the experiences that the children have during the play session.

Facilitating questions

We can ask facilitating questions to the children along the way, as they naturally arise in the building process. In this way, we facilitate the play session so that we continue the play and at the same time learn something from it. For example: 

  • I see that you have stopped building. I wonder how we can continue from here? 
  • I see that you have encountered a challenge. Should we try to solve it together? 
  • Try to notice what you are doing right now. Do you think this is a collaborative strategy? 
Show and Tell

Finally, in the play session, we give a Show and Tell of our construction, so that we have the opportunity to share our experiences, reflections, and feelings about the construction process.

First, we talk about our model and the process of building it. During the Show and Tell, we can use reflection routines and reflective questions to support the discoveries that have been made. For example:

  • What went well? 
  • What was difficult?
  • Is there anything that you want to do differently the next time we build a model?
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