Wooden blocks help children in many areas of their development. They can help to develop:
- Visual discrimination (recognition of differing shapes, sizes and colours)
- Cognitive skills (using planning, strategies and problem solving to reach a goal)
- Fine Motor skills
Last week, we spent our Sunday evening built a castle with wooden blocks! I had to encourage him to build since he was keen to analyze the shapes of the blocks rather than building the castle! But he eventually tried…!!
- Materials needed : blocks with different sizes and shape
- Description : blocks with different sizes and shapes are great for conceptual learning. Here are some ideas for block play:-
- Build a castle like what we did.
- Ask your child how many different shapes he or she can make from the blocks. You may have to first introduce to them how to make a cube, square from 2 triangles, and 2 half circles make a whole circle-the list can go on and on.
- Teach names for concepts such as on top, beside, behind, underneath, next to, above and below, square, triangle, rectangle, cube, cylinder and circle.
- What I like about it : Wooden building blocks allow children to be creative and also to think outside the square.