After days of playing with things for which primary function is not to be a toy, today we are going to join Alecia from Learning2Walk to explore ways to play with an actual toy!
Wow! Can you believe that the Less Toys, More Play series is almost done? Today I will be doing the penultimate post in the series 3 Ways To Play With Blocks.
First off, what kid doesn’t have blocks? They could be the wooden blocks with the letters of the alphabet on them, it could be cylinder blocks it could even be a block set that you make on your own. So how do you get your kids to play with them besides emptying them on the floor and leaving them everywhere? Keep reading for a few suggestions that will keep your kids happy and your sanity in check.
BLOCK PLAY: ENGINEERING
Did you know that by simply stacking blocks and manipulating them as they increase in height is an engineering activity? I have taught my daughter so many concepts with these blocks. She has successfully learned how buildings work and why they do not topple over. To demonstrate this I used some of the handy snow that seems to be here to stay (we still have mounds of snow outside) as well as her blocks.
BLOCK PLAY: MATH ( COUNTING & SORTING)
This one may seem obvious, but it has to be said. Have you ever listened to your children when they are playing with groups of items? My daughter loves to count and sort her blocks. My son, on the other hand, loves to knock them over and smile. You can easily do a math lesson while sitting down and stacking blocks with your child. How? With each block you stack, count them. “Let’s build a tower of blue blocks!! One, two, three…ten!! Wow, how many blocks does our blue tower have? Ten!! Can you show me ten fingers? Awesome” Once this conversation is done, just get right back to building towers, cities or whatever your child desires.
ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE: MAKE YOUR OWN BLOCKS
If you do not want to go the traditional route of wooden blocks then there is another solution. My good friend Jennifer from Study At Home Mama told me about these awesome cardboard blocks that your kids can make and then build. She even gives 6 ways to play with them!
Today’s article is a part of Less Toys. More Play. series. Tomorrow we have the last article for this series!
All 24 articles we will be sharing during February have been written by a number of prominent family-friendly bloggers (some educators, all parents). These articles will be collected and you will find them on our page Less Toys. More Play.
Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.