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What makes a Good Resource - Shapes Tower

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Created on 26 August 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 30 September 2010 by ncetm_administrator

What Makes a Good Resource

Shapes Tower

Resource description:

Wooden Shapes Tower

This activity uses a set of large coloured 3-D shapes [cubes, cuboids, cones, prisms, etc] and a set of attribute cards, some describing the shapes and others showing colours. These are held in a feely bag. Children would take turns to select a card and then choose an object with that attribute and stack it on to others selected earlier to build a tower. The competition to make ever higher towers provided fun and motivation.

Teacher comment:

This activity has worked well, engaging pupils in SLD and MLD settings. It was originally used at one of the "Maths is Special" days in Lancashire.

What I did:

Little was needed other than the production of laminated cards in a cloth bag. The 3-D shapes are available commercially from several suppliers. A teaching assistant helped to support the reading and some physical moving of objects.


The activity was highly motivating. It is a good activity for assessing recognition of properties of shape and also identifying colour.

Selecting objects which would stack easily helped to promote children’s problem solving skills.

Special Educational Needs

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