Ohio Resource Center
Content Supports
Counting Towers: A Math Game for Preschool and Kindergarten
Disciplines
Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, 1
Professional Commentary

This counting game is a simple, but fun way for children to practice counting and one-to-one correspondence. One or two number cubes, spinners, or cards can be used to determine how many blocks to stack on the game board. Most children love to see and hear a tower tumble! To lower noise level, the game can be played on a carpet square or mat that will absorb some sound. The cubes, spinners, or cards could be imprinted in a variety of ways to meet the special needs of the children playing the game. Using this game as a part of a purposefully planned and coordinated set of counting activities would be a wonderful way to expose children to counting and fun in early mathematics. Simple addition can be added to the activity when using two number cubes. (author/nmb/js)

Ohio Mathematics Academic Content Standards (2001)
Number, Number Sense and Operations Standard
Benchmarks (K–2)
F.
Count, using numerals and ordinal numbers.
1.
Count to 10 in the context of daily activities and play.
2.
Touch objects and say the number names when counting in the context of daily activities and play.
3.
Demonstrate one-to-one correspondence when counting objects.
6.
Compare sets of equal, more, and fewer and use the language of comparison (i.e., equal, more and fewer).