My students need the Block Play Simple Machines, the Bamboo Building Blocks and Castle Blocks to enhance imaginative play in the block center. The translucent blocks are also needed to help engage creativity.
In the story book, Block City, Robert Louis Stevenson writes a simple poem about exploring blocks through imagination. Stevenson writes, "What are you able to build with your blocks? Castles and palaces, temples and docks." This simple book is one of my favorite books to read to the children. After reading the story, I let children build their own 'block city' with scraps of wood my dad saves for me each year.
As a child grows, so does their imagination.
Exploring and building with a variety of blocks, in my opinion, is one of the best ways to increase a child's imagination and critical thinking skills. I watch in amazement children developing complex images from simple wooden blocks. It makes me wonder if the children in my classroom, many of whom are coming from low income levels, were exposed to a variety of blocks, how much their imagination and creativity would increase.
Would you be interested in helping cultivate the minds of these preschool children to become the next great engineers of the world? Blocks and fine motor toys in my classroom are limited; however, creativity and imagination is limitless! Let's build the future, one block at a time!
In todays world, fingers touch buttons to build and design structures on computers. The importance of building with blocks and other fine motor toys seem to get the shaft. I stand firm on the belief young children need the opportunity to use their minds and hands to build and create. Building and exploring a variety of blocks and other fine motor toys can give children endless opportunities to think critically and create their own one of a kind structure.
The Simple Block Machines will be incorporated into the block center.
The simple machines are easy to use, but will also help children expand and engage imagination through play.
In addition to supplementing the traditional wooden blocks area with simple machines, I have requested translucent items for our light table. The variety of translucent materials will continue to draw children to explore our light table in a variety of ways.
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