Unit counting blocks

Learning objectives

To explore key mathematical concepts with blocks and develop fine motor skills.

Resources needed

  • Objects that can be used to count units, such as wooden or plastic building blocks.


Activity 1

Stack some blocks and use them to measure different objects. By asking students these questions, you will introduce mathematical concepts:

  • How many blocks long is the DVD?
  • How long is the table?
  • Which object is longer?
  • Which object is shorter?

Measuring toy car using blocks
Grouping blocks by colour and shape

Activity 2

This activity helps children to explore similarities and differences and develop their colour recognition.
  • Sort the blocks by colour.
  • Sort the blocks into groups by size or shape.
  • Sort the blocks into a sequence from smallest to largest.

Activity 3

  • Write a number (1 to 9) on each of the blocks (pre-numbered blocks can also be used for this).
  • Now encourage the student to stack the blocks in the correct order.

Activity 4

  • Make a pattern using blocks of different colours.
  • Start a pattern and ask someone else to continue or take turns to lay blocks in a pattern.

Blocks forming a pattern

Ways to include all learners

  • Demonstrate the activity first.
  • If you do not have any block-type resources, find objects of similar size around the house and garden, such as bottle caps.
  • Make finding objects to measure an activity; what shapes can you find in your home?


How might this activity support social, emotional and mental health needs?

Students are given independent choice over what to measure, how to measure and types of patterns.

Research with Plymouth Institute of Education