Games – The box figure

In this variation of 'Build the Hidden Figure', the children gets to explore collaboration by helping each other building the hidden figure in the box.
The task

From some simple building rules, we copy one or more secret figures together that are hidden in a box. The aim of the activity is to create collaboration between us.

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: The activity is about copying a hidden figure that is placed in a box further away. Together, we will build the secret figure from 2 rules:

  1. We take turns at looking at the secret figure and then putting a brick on the shared figure.
  2. We only talk while sitting down. When we are standing up, we are quiet.

When we think our shared figure is an exact copy of the secret figure, we say ‘done’.”


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. We build 2 secret figures from 20 bricks beforehand. The building materials should consist of the same bricks as the figures and some more – e.g., 100 bricks in total.

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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