Even in the electronic age, children still love blocks. So we ask ourselves: “What can children learn from blocks apart from seeing how high they can stack them before they fall down again?”
Children can learn a multitude of things from block building:
- Lifting and carrying blocks develops large motor control; Building tall, complex structures that don’t fall down teaches about math and architecture; Group conversation is practised by discussing what they are building; Teamwork is promoted through children deciding together how they would like to build.
Block play can be classified in different stages and is easy to access as there are so many types of blocks available both commercially and home-made.
EXCERPT FROM BLOCK PLAY
Even with the electronic age, children still love blocks.
Not only children. Look how many adults build with Lego. Lego comes out with new block sets all the time.
So we ask ourselves what children learn from blocks apart from seeing how high they can stack them before they fall down.
Children develop large motor control from lifting and carrying blocks, stretching to place a block up high, and returning the blocks to the shelves when they have finished. They develop fine motor skills by turning around the small blocks to fit one on top of the other, or set up animals and people, or roll a ball or marble down a ramp. Co-ordination. Balance. Spatial orientation. Body awareness, hand-eye coordination, sensory exploration, and visual perception.
The children learn about Math and architecture. To build tall complex structures that don’t fall down they have to apply principles of architecture and engineering. The bases of the structure have to be stable to support the rest. They must learn to balance, as too many blocks in one place will make it fall. They have to make sure that any columns they build must support the arches or roof. If they build tunnels they will collapse if they are not constructed correctly. Counting…… Teachers can ask the children how many blocks are in the tower, or ask them to put five blocks in a row. Area and Space….. They can see how many animals they can put in a yard they have build, or how many people will go into the house. They can use the blocks to make patterns, or use the blocks to add or subtract or even to create graphs. Order blocks by size- develop language of comparison, biggest, smallest. Estimate and predict…How many more do I need.
A 2 hour Certificate of Completion is issued for this workshop.