10 pink wooden cubes ranging from 1cm3 to 10cm3, differing in 3 dimensions. The cubes increase progressively in the algebraic series of the third power. Therefore, the second cube equals 8 of the first; the third cube equals 27 of the first etc
A floor mat of contrasting color.
A small stand on which to keep the tower where it can be seen from at least 3 sides.
Introduction Invite the child by telling him you have something to show him. Tell the child that for this lesson, we will need a mat. Have the child fetch and unroll a mat. Bring him over to the Pink Tower stand and tell him: This is the Pink Tower.
Show the child how to carry the top cube by gripping from above the top edges using your right thumb and index finger.
Place your left hand flat under the cube and carry the cube at waist level.
Then reset the cube on the Pink Tower and have the child carry the cube over to the mat.
Show the child where to place the cube in the right haft of the mat. (Never have the child place a cube on the left half.)
Have the child bring over the rest of the cubes and place them randomly on the mat.
Once the cubes get too big for the child to pick up and carry by only using one hand, show the child how to gently tilt the cube back using your right hand and sliding your left hand flat under the cube (first picture). Then lift the cube up and place your left hand flat under the entire cube (second picture).
Then bring the cube to waist level and place your right hand flat on top of the cube.
Carry the remaining cubes one at a time over to the mat.
Once all of the cubes have been placed, have the child stand to your left.
As you remain standing, carefully pick up the largest cube and place it near the front left corner of the mat (closest to the child).
Turn to the child and tell him that you are now looking for a specific cube.
Go over to the right half of the mat and carefully choose the next biggest cube.
In a steady and precise movement, place the cube in the center of the bottom cube.
Once it has been placed, check to see if it is well centered.
Continue placing all of the cubes in correct order until the last cube has been placed on the top.
Stand looking over the tower to check if all of the cubes are centered.
Allow the child to do the same.
Then check from every side by squatting down low to check for it being centered.
Have the child check as well.
3 - 3 1/2 years (After the child has been introduced to a number of Practical Life Exercises.)