Let's get this party started! Join us for family building activities with blocks and Legos.
Location: Downsbrough Community Room
Block play supports your child's development in the following areas:
Social/Emotional Development: During Block Play, children must negotiate with others for itemsBooks, audiovisual materials, periodicals. they want to use, work together to create large projects and exchange ideas with one another. For example, if a child wants to build a castle, that child's idea of how to build the castle may differ from another child, which encourages children to expand their knowledge and learn to accept and respect the viewpoints of others.
Physical Development: Carrying and placing blocks helps a small child's muscles to develop. Hand-eye coordination improves while balancing blocks so they don't fall down.
Cognitive Development: Children develop mental pictures of the world around them. In block play, children have the opportunity to recreate these pictures, which promotes abstract thinking. Block play also helps children to learn about sizes, shapes, numbers, item order, and weight as they pick up the blocks, use them to build, and put them away again. The ability to recognize shapes is a stepping stone toward letter recognition and learning how to read.
Language Development: Children love to talk about what they are building. Adults can help children improve vocabulary by using new words to describe what they're doing and develop writing skills by helping them making signs for their streets and buildings.