Any quality early childhood program offers building and construction play as an offering daily. Blocks were introduced by Caroline Pratt, an American educator in the early 1900s.
This play can easily be extended at home using common household items in addition to block sets. Blocks, in early childhood, are items that do not interlock. That being stated, Legos and Waffle Blocks are considered manipulatives.
Open-ended thinking and problem solving.
Encourages cooperative play and team work enhancing social skills.
Increases dexterity and eye-hand coordination
Improves spatial awareness
Enhances mathematical competencies
Improves language & literacy skills
Construction play can be promoted at home easily. Here’s how!
Create homemade blocks with boxes and contact paper for stacking.
Add small manipulatives to enhance imaginative play (i.e. people, animals, vehicles, etc)
Use clean sponges to create blocks (quiet creativity)
Provide writing materials to allow for signage creation
Add small rug samples, shells, & pebbles to encourage creativity
Seriate blocks by size
Sort blocks by shape for easy clean up and learning
Maximize access, encourage creativity and watch your child develop!