Tall Tower Challenge

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In this activity, learners will use their chosen material to build the tallest tower possible in under three minutes. This activity uses problem solving and fine motor skills to challenge learners. Activity includes material suggestions, extension ideas and step-by-step instructions. This activity encourages adult engagement and teamwork (extension).

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 30 identical cups, blocks or other object you can stack
  • timer or stopwatch
  • measuring tape


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building
  • Toys


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access