BLOCKS and why they are so important to development.

 

BLOCKS!   Wooden blocks are greatly overlooked today.  These blocks offer a great learning tool and develop skills such as hand eye coordination, spatial reasoning, and creativity.

 

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Stacking blocks encourages spatial awareness and hand eye coordination.  Children must distinguish the characteristics of the block and at the same time determine the relationship between the blocks and how to move them around to produce the desired effect.

 

Step 1: Exploration of blocks begins early.  How heavy are they?  What do they feel like? Are they smooth or bumpy?  What do they sound like when they are banged together? How do they taste?  These are all early concepts of shape, weight, and volume.

 

Holding a block in each hand.

Westyn exploring blocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Building Simple Structures.  Next your child will begin a more cause and effect play with blocks. They are filling containers and dumping them out.  They are stacking and knocking them down, they are comparing sizes and learning how to balance them. These are all concepts of balance, gravity, volume, weight.

 

Understanding the concept of "one more."

Understanding the concept of “one more.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Imitate simple structures. Imitating structures such as a train or a pyramid require more development.  They are working on grouping, sorting, numbers, hand eye coordination, and refining both small and large muscle movements.

 

 

 

Westyn exploring blocks.

Westyn exploring blocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER areas of development: When children learn to stack or produce a replica they are proud of themselves leading to positive social and emotional development. While playing with blocks they are learning words such as “up,” “dump,” “tall,” “short,” “fall,” and “stack.”

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