Wait, Wait…Go!

Lately we’ve been working on the concepts of “wait” and “go” with the boys.  I have two little (yet highly mobile) explorers that sometimes think they can do everything by themselves.  They also don’t always want to wait for mom or dad to help out in particularly hairy situations…ie, the stairs.  I say a little prayer every morning that we all make it down to the bottom in tact.  Since I can no longer carry them (they are heavy and squirm while begging “dow! dow!”) and my 18-month-olds are suddenly super motivated to go down out stairs the “big boy” way – forward while holding on the the rail (and usually refusing my hand) – we definitely could use some understanding of the words “wait” and “go” around here.
We’ve had some success in a short amount of time using a little game with our favorite stacking blocks.

The idea is really simple.  Just stack them up and then “Wait…”


Daddy telling (and signing*) a few anxious boys to wait.


Look at that intensity!

…”Ok! 1, 2, 3…Go!”

Mom giving the command to “Go!” with the sign* to go along.

At last!

Time to knock these blocks down!


A quick note about this game…it will take practice.  When we first starting playing, one or both of the boys would usually try to knock down the blocks before I could even get the second one stacked.  (In their defense, those block are just so darn irresistible.)  Still, Little Brother often cannot contain his excitement and attacks a little early.  But, we’ve definitely made a lot of progress in a short time.
And, there are lots of other educational aspects of this game.  It is a great activity for improving our teamwork skills.

It also definitely encourages fine motor skills such as stacking and nesting.  The boys cannot wait to rebuild the tower after it falls.

And clean-up is pretty great, too.

You can use any blocks or boxes already in your home for this activity.  I will say, though, that these Melissa and Doug Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks are really pretty fantastic.  We found ours at a resale, and it might have been the best $2 I spent!  If you are looking for some nesting blocks, you can also check the link above to see the product at Melissa and Doug‘s website.
I hope you have as much fun with this one as we do at our house!
*When possible, we also use the signs for “Wait” and “Go” which you can see in the pictures (sort of) or by clicking the links in the captions for a demo.  We initially learned these signs – and many more – from watching Signing Time DVD’s.  We L-O-V-E them, but that is a topic for another post.


  1. Great idea! Patience is so hard to teach, this is n excellent exercise! Thanks for sharing!

  2. thats is an awesome idea!! haha i love their little anxious bodies ready to knock down all the blocks!

  3. Good way to teach! We have those blocks and absolutely LOVE them!

  4. That is such a great idea! My boys will be 1 at the end of the month so I think they are still a little young for this game, but it is definitely something we will be trying in the near future!


  5. This is so cute and I’m going to try it with my 19 month old!! New follower from the Naptime Review Bloghop!
    From Jenny @ http://www.cassandrazcorner.blogspot.com

  6. Found your blog through Mom’s Monday Mingle… Your boys are just adorable!! Great idea to work wait and go with knocking blocks down. Too bad I didn’t read this post 4 years ago :)

  7. OMG your boys are too cute!! I’m stopping by from the Monday Blog Hop and am now a new follower:) Would love for you to stop by Crazy Mama Drama!

  8. Too cute! The picture of your husband keeping the boys from knocking down the tower is exactly what my husband has to do with our boys and building towers! Thank you for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll be back this week.

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