Block unit-plays play a vital role in a child’s life. It is not only fun to play but also develops language skill, cognitive skills, intellectual skills,physical skills, Cooperation skills. Etc. Though it doesn’t have the fancy thing in it building blocks are great for developing intellectual, cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills.
Many scholars and early childhood educators feel the toddlers develop these skills in general when you play the block unit. I certainly agree into this and have listed what made me write about this!!
1.Builds Language development
2. Problem Solving Skill
3. Learning cooperation skills
4.Development in all the areas
Block Builds Language Development
When I say this few people may think how a play can build a language development? But with this we can ask open ended questions to allow them to speak more on it. So in the end vocabulary will grow in shaa allah. For instance, Mama is planning to build a boat! Would you like to help in understanding what a boat is? So while constructing a boat we can use different colours of blocks and speak about the colors, shapes etc and analyze what if we change the order of the constructed boat.
Problem solving skill
These are the sample questions you can ask to kindle the problem solving skills in a kid. They will try to answer something out.
How tall can you build your tower before it falls over?Can you change your design to make the tower taller?Will a tower with a wider base be taller than a tower with a narrow base?Measure the height of your tower or count the number of blocks.Create a pattern in your tower. Alternate the color of your blocks.
Learning cooperation skills
Blocks can be played alone or with a partner. So while playing with a group toddlers can understand we need to hear to the other people’s idea too. So when playing with dad/mom the toddler can think in to give a space to the partner to bring in on the idea. When the partner leaves a space for the toddler to do she/he will understand that they will have to give in space and allow the counter to work on.
Delevopment in All Areas
Block play requires fine and gross motor skills. Blocks enhance children’s problem-solving abilities, mathematics skills, and language and literacy abilities. And constructing “creations” builds selfesteem and feelings of success. —Linda Taylor
Toddlers will use their creativity to move the blocks and plan to bring a better outcome. They use their creativity to make a cloud, boat, whatever they want. So for sure the imagination skills grow along them.
Don’t be afraid to get down and play with the toddler. The more you play, spend time with them the more they open up. Kindle the thought processing and allow them to explore their imagination!!
A team of scholars in research identified the stages of block building. As children move through these stages, their cognitive development, motor skills, and social growth can be observed:
Stage 1: Blocks are carried by younger children, but not used for construction.
Stage 2: Building begins with children mostly making rows with similarly shaped and sized blocks on the floor or attempting to stack the blocks vertically.
Stage 3: Children begin making bridges using two blocks to support a third, which reflects understanding of spatial relationships.
Stage 4: Children learn to place blocks to make enclosures of different sizes and shapes.
Stage 5: More imaginative structures are built and children develop their understanding of symmetry.
Stage 6: The naming of structures introduces dramatic play and their block play becomes artistic.
Stage 7: Children engage in symbolic play as blocks are used to represent things they know, such as cars, airplanes, houses, and cities, as well as to stimulate dramatic play activities.
Wardle, Francis. (2002) Introduction to Early Childhood Education: A Multidimensional Approach to Child-Centered Care and Learning. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon
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