Block Play

What is block play?

  • Block play involves building, stacking, arranging, and constructing with blocks of assorted shapes and sizes.

  • Block play can involve traditional wooden unit blocks, natural materials (tree “cookies” and sticks), large cardboard blocks, or smaller plastic blocks such as Magnatiles.

  • Block play can also involve accessories such as cars, people, or animal figurines.

Why is block play a part of our curriculum?

  • Blocks are the ultimate open-ended toy that engages children’s imagination and creativity.

  • Block play creates the foundation for mathematical reasoning as children explore measurement, comparison, patterns, numbers, symmetry, and balance.

  • Block play encourages problem solving as children experiment with different ways to realize their vision, and resilience when a building collapses.

  • Children practice social skills as they take turns with materials or collaborate with peers on a structure.

  • Block play helps develop spatial awareness and motor skills.

Examples of block play in our classrooms:

  • Children worked together to create a block structure that can support pumpkins without toppling over.

  • Children collaborated to build a series of structures and enclosures to house animal figurines.

  • Children studied pictures of actual buildings and worked to recreate them out of blocks.

Block Play in Action


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