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What Children Learn Through Block Play
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 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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