From soda rockets to building towers, kids love to build! Here are 30+ building activities for kids to encourage learning! Expand beyond your block corner to explore 2D shapes, art, math and sensory activities that all involve building. Your kids will love every activity. Plus they all have simple materials that you can easily find. Because easy=awesome.

30+ Building Activities

Up! From Blocks to Rockets

Why you and your children will love Up!

Up! will take your child’s love of blocks and building, and take them far and wide across the curriculum.

With 30+ building activities across math, literacy, science, art, and play, Up! shows you how to support passion-led, project-based, hands-on learning. It will help your child make connections, go deeper in their understanding, and encourage their questions and creativity.

It includes inspiring ideas for block play, mobiles, rockets, airplanes, parachutes, build challenges and more. And it comes with 100 printables.

All the activities in the book are FUN! Every activity has been tried, tested and approved by our children.

The activities have been carefully chosen to offer a wide range of explorations, working across the curriculum to incorporate play, imagination, math, literacy, science, sensory and art.

The sky’s the limit when you’re learning with Up!

Make letters and numbers come alive with this fun, hands-on ABCs and 123s book! 40+ activities for hands-on learning! Alphabet, names, numbers, counting, addition facts and more!

What you’ll get in this book

30+ hands-on building activities that invite your child to explore all things Up!

  • Guidance on how to support your child’s interests, and how to help them expand their exploration and learning across the curriculum. This book is all about hands-on, project-based, passion-led learning.

    Multi-sensory activities for children aged 4 to 10

    Resources for parents and teachers, at home or in the classroom, with ideas for indoor and outdoor learning

    Material lists, step-by-step instructions, and full color photographs of all the building activities
  • Suggestions for variations and extensions so you can adapt the activities to suit your child

A wide range of building activities including:

  • Ideas to set up and develop block play
  • Activities that use blocks for math lessons, with number games, measuring activities, and shape-building challenges
  • Construction play invitations with sensory elements and imaginary play, to develop language, spelling, and storytelling, and to promote co-operation and collaboration
  • Art projects on the theme of Up! including Caulder-inspired kinetic mobiles and upright weaving
  • Prompts that encourage creative thinking and innovation: exploring the possibilities of rocks, ice, marshmallows, customizing blocks with new designs, and using huge cardboard boxes that can build structures bigger than you are
  • Science projects that invite your child to think about all the other things that go Up! including homemade rockets, airplanes, parachutes, pulleys and constellations

And 100 printable pages including shape challenge cards, build challenge cards, and a set of world architecture prints.

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Make letters and numbers come alive with this fun, hands-on ABCs and 123s book! 40+ activities for hands-on learning! Alphabet, names, numbers, counting, addition facts and more!
STEM building activities for kids

This is an ebook, which means you will be sent a link that allows you to download a PDF containing the ebook and all the resources. You can save it to your computer or iPad* and then either read it on screen or print some/all of the pages, as you prefer.

You can buy the ebook wherever you are in the world. You pay via PayPal, which will take care of any currency conversion for you. The ebook costs US$ 14.99.

*You can buy the ebook now, on any device, and then download it when you are ready. Depending on the apps you have installed and your operating system, you might be able to download the ebook on your mobile device. However if you have any doubts or problems, I recommend you use a computer to download the book and then share it to your mobile devices. You will be sent download instructions when your purchase the ebook.

The Up! ebook is published and sold by Cathy James at Please direct any customer service queries regarding purchases of the ebook to or refer to the NurtureStore FAQ.

The Up! ebook is protected under copyright © 2016. All rights reserved.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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