When I watch the children playing with blocks, I see so many crucial developmental skills being evolved. I watch the excitement when the children transform blocks to into creations, which in their mind represents what they had intended. The social aspect of block play is of great value. I see children that may not have socialize together, suddenly partner up and create a structure, with a resourcefulness that had not been established before.
Providing the tools for exploration in the classroom is a teachers role in ensuring that the children have what they require for steady developmental growth. Blocks may seem like a common and simple object, but there importance is paramount.
Take a look at the articles on these links for "The Importance of Block Play":
So what type of blocks do you have in your classroom?
Here are some of the Toddler favourites we have:
Plastic 3D Character Blocks / Clipo Peeka Blocks / Waffle Blocks
*Thanks to one of my followers on FB for reminding me that these are called Bristol Blocks!