Creating with blocks is incorporated into the children’s daily schedule. Believe it or not, but playing with blocks improves many of the children’s skills, creativity, and dexterity.
Playing with blocks may look like the children are simply stacking cubes on top of one another, however we like to focus on the time and effort children dedicate to strategically place one block in a certain way so the entire creation has meaning (and doesn’t topple over). The beautiful part about playing with blocks is that it may be the same material, but children play with blocks in their own, individual way. There are thousands of possibilities for counting and sorting blocks, in addition to the opportunities for creating patterns and sequences. Blocks allow children to practice mathematics concepts (counting, sorting) and introduce scientific concepts, like gravity.
Kate from AnEverydayStory.com put it best: “Blocks require a child to think creatively, problem solve, negotiate and invent. They learn about concepts of balance, stability and symmetry through trial and error as they construct their buildings.”
Below are photos of the detailed and imaginative creations that some of our Pre School students have made:
“Towers” D.J. and J.M.
“Castle” -D. J.
“A Train” L. and N
“My house!” -Greyson