These building blocks have been played with daily, since they were opened on Christmas Day. I find it fascinating seeing the many different ways that they are played with. This pyramid really is one of the best open ended resources we own.


  • Grimm’s large stepped wooden pyramid
  • Letter blocks
  • Wooden people – these were just plain wood so we painted them rainbow coloured


Step 1: These blocks are always left out. Normally they remove the blocks from the base to build elsewhere, but today Ioan decided to use the base and try and make a symmetrical pattern.

Step 2: He decided to include their names. This made things a bit trickier as our letter and number blocks are smaller than the Grimm’s blocks.

Step 3: Next, Ioan decided to build a small tower to stand his wooden figures on.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Personal, social and emotional development

ELG 06 – Self-confidence and self-awareness:

Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.


ELG12 – Shape, space and measures:

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity and position. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.