What exactly is it that block play provides our youngest children with? Simply put…so much! As I spent my morning with the preschoolers in the block area, I was able to capture various forms of block play; all of which touched on multiple developmental domains. From mathematics to science, and from imagination to creation; the experiences and possibilities were endless.
“I got these from the store. Look at what I got from the store!” -Kase
“Pretend these two guys can go in the hot lava.” -Lucas
“This is my rocket ship!” -Ian
“There is a big one and a small one. I’m making a garage-house!” -Olivier
Young Children, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) peer-reviewed professional journal, published an article on the “Ten Things Children Learn From Block Play”. As simple as it may seem, the learning that evolves from block play can become quite complex. Here is what some early childhood professionals had to say…