Why are blocks a “must have” in every child and toddlers classroom and playroom? Do you know why we should encourage children to play with blocks?
When your child begins to play with blocks, she is like an architect, a scientist or an engineer experimenting with balance, structure, weight, measurement and even space as in gravity. Have you ever notice that she tries to place the blocks in so many different ways until she finally creates a tower that stays up! What she is doing is using the scientific method of observation and experimentation to solve the problem of the tumbling tower.
While playing with blocks, your child naturally begins to sort them particularly in shape or size, given that it comes in many forms. Blocks, are the perfect tools for hands-on learning about basic concepts of math: shape, size, area, space and even geometric figures. The child begins to notice that rectangle blocks make better bases than the triangle ones and curved blocks need to lie flat on the floor. You may also observe and notice that they also enjoy making long lines of blocks and of the same length. Your child might say, “Look Mom, my blocks are as long as the couch!” This is the perfect time for you to interact with your child and ask her to lie down next to the line of blocks to see if she’s as long as the line of blocks. This is an effortless way to get children to practice their language skills simply by playing blocks. There is much to talk about when children like to describe what they are building or they just might talk to themselves as they try new things. This is a prime place for your child to experiment with open never ending questions like, “How many ways can you. . .”, or “What might happen if . . .” By just presenting these questions, ideas or new props, you can inspire and encourage your child for hours just by playing constructive blocks.
Building Blocks is an active social centre in an early childhood classroom to encourage children to listen and communicate, share and take turns. It is the fun and the open-ended nature of blocks that helps them improve and develop their emotional and social skills while also learning the value of sharing.
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