• Iris Windsor

Building with Blocks

Introducing play with blocks to toddlers is one of the basics in introductory education. Children love the bright colours of blocks and they love the fact that they stack and can be

built into a tall structure


10 Things to be Learned from Building with Blocks


Problem solving.

Sometimes it is intentional: I want to build X. How do I do that? Other times it is in-the moment: To go higher and add to one side, what can I use? 


Imagination.

Children can follow their own plan, or they can share a friend’s vision and work together to create something they never dreamed of


Self-expression.

Blocks offer many ways for young learners to explore, express themselves, and demonstrate what they are learning.


Mathematics.

Important concepts and skills are practiced and strengthened through block play, including length, measurement, comparison, number, estimation, symmetry, balance.


Continuity and permanence.

Block play engages spatial sense and motor abilities; it can be a solo or a group effort; block creations can stand for an indefinite period of time.


Creativity.

Blocks and other loose parts can be moved freely by children, to be combined and recombined in countless ways.


Science.

In older children, blocks offer opportunities to test hypotheses and build scientific reasoning


Self-esteem. Children discover that they have ideas and that they can bring their ideas to life by creating, transforming, demolishing, and re-creating something unique.


Social and emotional growth.

Blocks help children learn to take turns and share materials, develop new friendships, become self-reliant, increase attention span, cooperate with others, and develop self-esteem.


Development in all areas.

Block play requires fine and gross motor skills. Blocks enhance children’s problem-solving abilities, mathematics skills, and language and literacy abilities. And constructing “creations” builds self esteem and feelings of success.



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