What Children Learn Through Block Play

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From our friends at CitiBlocs:

 

 

When children play with blocks they...

  • Explore cause and effect
  • Represent a thought or an idea
  • Form creative and critical thinking skills
  • Match objects in one-to-one correspondence
  • Demonstrate an understanding of parts and whole
  • Develop problem solving techniques
  • Use the physical representations of addition and subtraction
  • Form data sets, groups, by sorting and matching objects
  • Observe attributes and properties of matter
  • Understand gravity, stability, weight and balance and measure
  • Create, repeat, and extend patterns
  • Develop classification skills
  • Differentiate between sizes and shapes
  • Express quantities
  • Express and explore relative size
  • Understand mapping skills
  • Understand object relationships and recognition
  • Develop eye-hand coordination
  • Acquire non-locomotor movement skills
  • Put things in order using specific criteria or their own criteria
  • Use oral language in a variety of situations
  • Use vocabulary to compare same and different objects
  • Use language to establish and maintain relationships in the social structure
  • Understand the consequences of social interaction
  • Use social skills appropriate to group behavior
  • Observe and Develop respect for the work of others
  • Observe and follow safety rules
  • Discuss how people help each other
  • Think creatively to make and implement plans
  • Imagine and Create
  • Take risks, make decisions and choices
  • Discover the names and functions of buildings and design
  • Discover Architecture, Art, History and Design


Here are some of the ways “Construction Play” benefits children:

  • They learn to create buildings and other structures, and to design imaginary things based on their own ideas.
  • They build strength in their fingers and hands, and improve their eye-hand coordination.
  • They develop social relationships with other children, which can be a valuable opportunity when groups of children are sharing.   
  • Children expand their language abilities as they are able to articulate about size, shape, colors, comparisons and other aspects of building.
  • Children learn and practice math skills by grouping, adding, subtracting, matching and sequencing.
  • Children experience science and physics when experimenting with gravity, weight, balance, and stability.
  • Children are stimulated and develop skills and imagination including cause and effect, problem solving, classification skills, and critical thinking.
  • Children gain a sense of achievement when they construct with blocks, building sets, construction toys, and model kits.
  • Children make discoveries that are impossible to imagine, control, or manifest in any other way when they use their own hands to manipulate shapes and forms.
  • Children learn as they build.
  •  Some complex benefits happen simultaneously:
  • They take a block or a construction piece and discover carefully how to build placing each piece next to, on top of or connected to each other.
  • They discover by trial and error, by changing and exploring what works, by experimentation.
  • They decide what they want to create and then work towards their goals step by step.  
  • The child may work alone or with another and talk about what they are doing.
  • Together the structure may grow even larger and more complicated.
  • They may add decorations to experiment making choices.

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