There are many benefits to playing with blocks! Children are able to use their imagination to create structures. They will use trial and error to determine how to balance and fit the blocks or materials to build. They learn cause and effect, problem solving and language skills. In the block center children will use positional words, identify shapes, discuss with peers how to work cooperatively toward a goal and describe their intended actions. Math skills are huge in the block center. Counting and measuring are great skills to work on in this center.
In the Blocks center, children are able to create structures that are as big as the can imagine. We use a variety of blocks to build with, from wooden to cardboard to foam. The different textures and weights teach children how to experiment and plan out their structures.
Blocks are not the only material in the center. Children will find animals, vehicles, people, pieces of flooring, fabric and more! With these items, they are able to create details to their structures such as floors, a roof, rugs, etc.
Children build math skills by counting out the number of blocks they need, use measuring tools to see how tall, long or big their structure is. They learn about landmarks around the world, by looking at pictures and trying to duplicate the structure with their own classroom materials.
This center is popular with all ages and genders. The younger ages build and are eager to knock over, while the older ones add more and more detail. Children will often create structures they are familiar with such as their own home, school or even favorite restaurant!
You can build at home by creating your own blocks. Look around your house and you may realize how many building materials you have! Boxes from deliveries make amazing blocks! Subscription boxes are the best! These can be taped closed and decorated by your child or covered with contact paper to last longer. Food containers with lids also make fun blocks.
What kinds of blocks can you create?