Block play – What’s it all about? Children need many opportunities to become competent in their block play, to master, control and practise their skills.
Gradually, through exploration and interaction, the child explores the properties of each of the different blocks, separating out their differences and similarities, establishing common physical characteristics, and ‘knowing the blocks’.
Through block play children are encouraged to explore mathematical ideas of area, shape and spatial relationships.
By playing with blocks children acquire a basic repertoire of building techniques. As the children get older, their symbolic representations and abstract sculptures become more detailed and intricate.
Block play encourages collaboration, co-operation and conversation: building together, and helping each other to lift heavy blocks.
Block play can also support and extend stories (for example, using blocks to retell the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff) and interaction with non-fiction books (e.g. about buildings).
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