Physical development: They gain strength in their small and large muscles and improve in their fine and gross motor control. (Gross motor for the use of hollow blocks which we have in our playground.)
Cognitive development: Playing with blocks gives children an opportunity to recreate the world they experience around them. The ability to create these representations of their experiences is the basis for abstract thinking.
Language and Literacy: The children describe and tell stories about their structures and while doing so, they increase their vocabularies when adults give them new words to use to add to their descriptions and stories.
Maths: Children learn about shape, size, number, counting, length, estimation, sorting and others when building with blocks.
The three most important rules that we have during block play are the following:
- Carry only one long block at a time and three small blocks at a time to prevent the blocks from falling on toes/or on classmates.
- Be respectful of others' structures by not touching them or knocking them over.
-Before tidying up the blocks, try your best to sort same blocks and stack them in 3's
- Tidy-up the blocks and try your best to put them in their right places on the shelves after building.