Games – Build my hidden figure

In this variation of 'Build the hidden figure', the children gets the opportunity to build a secret figure and explain to each other how to build the figure.
The Task

We each build a secret figure behind a cover. We take turns at explaining to the others how we can build our figures. The aim of the activity is to practice explaining our figures and asking each other questions.

Games – Build the Hidden Figure We create a motivating framework for the children. 



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We create a motivating framework for the children. 

For example, we can say: ”We practice building together. Maybe we will learn something new about each other today, like how we can explain things to each other. Today, we build hidden figures and there are only two rules:  

  1. We each build a hidden figure with 10-15 bricks. It does not have to resemble anything.
  2. Our own figure must be hidden from the others at all times. We take turns at explaining each other how to build a copy of our own figures.”


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


We use small Lego sets that we are familiar with, or wooden blocks, colored cubes, magnetic tiles, paper, or something else. There just needs to be many of the same kinds of bricks, so all figures can be copied. There also needs to be a cover available for all children.

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 hidden figures?
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