The step ladder game

Yesterday, I shared with you how we explored real ladders and then enjoyed drawing our own math ladders. The step ladder game is a simple game that we made up and added to the end of our day…

Step Ladder Game by Teach Preschool

I had intended to use these six strips of cardboard for a math activity but when the kids found them spread across the floor, they immediately began to walk across them.  I started to stop them and then I realized that their idea was probably going to be more fun and because we had just spent time talking about ladders, this naturally turned into a step ladder game…

The step ladder game by Teach Preschool

As the children went across the step ladder we called out different types of ways they could go across the boards such as “Jump!” and each child took a turn to jump across the step ladder…

The step ladder game by Teach Preschool

The children tried going backwards across the step ladder…

The step ladder game by Teach Preschool

And they went down the middle of the step ladder…

The step ladder game by Teach Preschool

Everyone took turns going up and down the step ladder in different ways. The children soon learned that if they went too quickly across the steps that they might slip so the children had to be aware of how fast they moved so they wouldn’t slip and fall. Just like we have to be careful going up and down a real step ladder…

L and Ladders Day 294

The children worked together to take turns and wait on each other as they went up or down the step ladder (or across)…

The step ladder game by Teach Preschool

Yes, I have to admit that this was much more fun then the math idea I was planning. And we used lots of great words and movement and cooperation skills in the process…

The step ladder game by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-02-06T06:00:28+00:00February 6th, 2014|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Allison February 6, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    How cute! Plus, I imagine there are so many easy ways to modify this game for the young ones. 🙂

  2. Rhythm February 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    I think this would be a fun game for a dog to do!

  3. andie jaye February 7, 2014 at 1:34 am - Reply

    I love that this can be done with items that everyone has! And I love the idea of having them doing it in various ways. Pinned and sharing.

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