Grab some blocks and get ready to build! Today, we are learning about the concept of short and tall. This hands-on activity will inspire your Lil’s carpentry skills!

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Measurement

  • Describe and compare objects using general measurements such as heavy, light, big, small, short, tall, long, always, never

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Measurement

  • Describe and compare objects using general measurements such as heavy, light, full, empty, big, small, short, tall, long, always, never, sometimes

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
  • Engage in problem solving activities

Required Materials

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*Blocks

Step #1
Sit down and build with your Lil’ using blocks.
Here are some ideas for getting started.
  • Ask them to build a tower that is tall.
  • Then ask them to build a short tower.
  • Build two towers and ask them to identify the short and tall tower.
  • Build one tower and ask them to build one that is shorter and one that is taller than your tower.

Teacher Tip

While this is certainly a math and engineering lesson, it’s also a vocabulary lesson. The focus is about using the terms short and tall. To teach this vocabulary, you may have to also use terms like big and small since your Lil’ is likely more familiar with those terms. Try to incorporate phrases like, “Can you build a bigger or taller tower? Can you build a tower that is tall?” And when your Lil’ says things like, “I made a small tower,” don’t correct them. Instead, repeat them but replace the word small with short for example say, “Wow! You did build a short tower!” Using new vocabulary words with synonyms that they already know will help them develop this vocabulary without structured formal lessons on synonyms.

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