Solo – Build a tower with all your bricks

In this variation of 'Building Towers', the child gets the opportunity to explore building towers within a certain framework.
The task

We each build a tower. We can use building instructions if we want. The adult builds next to the child. We each have a pile of materials, and we need to use all the materials in our pile. The aim of the activity is to practice building and to help each other when things are challenging.

Solo – Building Towers We create a motivating framework for the child. 



Suggestion for introduction

We create a motivating framework for the child. 

For example, we can say: ”This activity is about each of us building a tower. We each have a pile of building materials that we use to build with. It is not about building the highest tower or a certain kind of tower. Rather, we build a tower we like. The only rule is to use all of our bricks. We can switch bricks while we are 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 child’s prerequisites.


We need some building materials well suited for building towers. We can choose one kind of material that the child likes or a mix of materials, for example Lego, Bakoba, or wooden bricks. We make a pile of materials for both the child and the adult, and they do not have to be exactly the same size.

During the activity

During the play session, the child encounters 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 child 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 child has during the play session.

Facilitating questions

We can ask facilitating questions to the child 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 tower?
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