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Easy Staircase

15 min1 participant

Explore tactile properties of a brick. Discriminate, manipulate and organize to create smooth steps in a staircase.

Let's play!

  1. Build a staircase with smooth steps on the base plate.

  2. Make it as high as possible.

  3. Climb the staircase with a LEGO mini figure or your fingers!

How to prepare

  • 1 base plate

  • 16 bricks randomly chosen from the first decade "A" to " J".  These bricks provide the largest flat space   because they contain only the first 2 rows of dots - 1, 2, 4, 5

  • 1 bowl

  • 1 LEGO mini figure

Place the bricks in the bowl.

Facilitation tips

  • The depth of the steps may vary (1 stud or 2), depending on staircase assembly.

  • Ask “Where does your staircase go?”.

  • Suggest finding a real staircase to feel the flat steps.

Possible variations

  • Use only letter “G" (easy to feel the difference between the portion with studs and the portion without).

  • Change the bricks: letters with dot 3 and dot 6 provide the smallest space for steps.

Download & print

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Children will develop these holistic skills

cognitive skills

  • Recognize and use notions of alignment, right angle, equality of lengths, middle, symmetry

physical skills

  • Explore and discriminate to get information about the tactual properties of an object (by moving hands or by moving the object)
  • Organize: find objects in their usual place; return them to their usual place; sort or categorize by placement, function, attribute; gather materials for a task

emotional skills

  • Control motor skills and emotional commitment to succeed in simple actions

Did you know?

  • Children have different learning interests and needs. A great facilitator combines practices - free play, guided play and instruction - to meet children where they are and support their continued desire to grow and learn through play.

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