Count and Build

Activity: Pick a number card from 1-20. Build the tallest tower you can with that number of cups. The tower must stand for 5 minutes.


  • Set of number cards 1-20
  • 20 plastic cups
  • Timer

Let’s think about it:

  • Is it easier to build with more or less cups?
  • How many cups did you use to make the tallest tower?
  • Can you blow down your towers like the big bad wolf, or are they too strong?!

Literacy Connection:

  • The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia

Click here to watch the read aloud.

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