Put a square Duplo
block on the back of the
elephant before stack-
ing the blocks. This cre-
ates a flat surface to
support the block tower.
What to Look For
Children will try to create the highest possible tower of blocks.
Children will quantify the amount on the die and try to add an
equivalent number of blocks to the stack.
Some children will stack blocks without regard to the number
shown on the die.
Children will discover that a large number can be a hindrance
because it increases their odds of knocking over the tower.
Some children will roll two dice and add the sets together to get
For younger children, use a 1–3 die and 1-inch cubes for stacking.
You can make the die by applying 1⁄4-inch round file stickers to a
1-inch cube. One-inch cubes may be easier for young children to
manipulate than thinner blocks.
For older children who can handle larger quantities, use two dice
and poker chips for stacking. Since poker chips are thin, many
more can be piled on the elephant’s back before they fall.
Questions to Extend Thinking
How can you tell how many blocks to put on the elephant’s back?
Do you think Katrina can balance six more blocks on the
Should I hope for a big number or a little number when I roll
How many blocks do you think we can balance on our tower?
Integrated Curriculum Activities
Include zoo animals in the block or manipulative areas.
Provide other types of materials for stacking.
Read books about zoo animals, such as Dear Zoo, by Rod Camp-
bell (Washington, DC: Four Winds, 1982).