### Stringy Loops EYFS

This Early Years activity requires loops of string. What can the children make?

### Making a Picture EYFS

This Early Years activity invites a group of children to make a picture using 2D shapes.

### Paths EYFS

Children are asked to make a path for a toy using flat shapes in the Early Years activity.

# Building Towers EYFS

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This activity is one of a set of trial Early Years Foundation Stage resources. For further information and links to others in the set, please see the introductory page.

 Resources Gather together a selection of different cuboids (or nearly cuboids!), for example bricks, blocks, dominoes, crates and small boxes. It may be that the children have collected a small number of cuboids whilst involved in some other activity, for example through a story or role play.   This activity is applicable to indoor and outdoor environments through free-flow play. Activity Encourage the children to build up towers using the materials. Questions to ask See what you can make. Tell me about this. What will you choose next? Why? Could you make it taller/as tall as/shorter/thinner/fatter?  Could you make it stretch further?   ...   Have you given it a name? Do you want to call it something? (On noticing that the child rejects one of the cuboids, perhaps it's appropriate to ask them 'tell me about this one'.) Have you finished? How do you know? Shall we look at what everyone has made? Why has it fallen down?   After a little while you might want to add a simple rule, for example: All blocks must touch the floor None of the blocks must be on their own Only one block can touch the floor The tower must balance Possible observations Use of geometric describing words and words of position e.g. flat, corner, next to, between, on top of, underneath, balance etc Use of language of comparison e.g. bigger, taller, smaller, shorter, fatter, wider, lower, higher, same, different, like etc Use of counting and number comparison Overcoming difficulties when constructing   In addition to these mathematical observations you will have opportunities to observe other aspects of the EYFS Themes and Commitments (for example aspects of Creative Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World etc). You may like to print off one of these sheets as an aide (1, 2, 3), on which you can note down what individual children say and do as they engage with the activity.