In the early 1900s an educator named Caroline Pratt invented what are now referred to as Unit Blocks. These blocks were made from taking 1 block which would represent the primary block size (or one unit) and then additional blocks representing one fraction, or a multiple of the unit block. Pratt believed in providing open ended materials for young children and today some version of her unit blocks can be found in almost any preschool classroom any where.
First, make sure you are giving your children plenty of room. The only thing that should limit a child when they are playing with blocks should be their imagination. So push that coffee table out of the way. Move those shelves back. Give them room to create!
Next, from time to time add something new to your block area. One week you could add farm animals, the next match box cars, any thing that will spark the imagination. Blocks can represent ANYTHING. They can be a zoo or a spaceship or a train station or a doll house. Throw some new elements in and see what your kids come up with.
Think about rethinking your rules for clean up. Some children will spend a lot of time and a lot of planning when creating some of their block masterpieces. Consider letting them leave it up for a while. Or keep a camera handy so they can have record of all the cool things they have made.
Here, Bug is stacking granite tile samples.
Quirky momma from the Kids Activity Blog made her family tree blocks from...you got it...trees!
The possibilities are endless and the benefits are well worth the effort. Have fun with your blocks, and thanks for stopping by.