4 Variations For Foam Block Play
These Foam Blocks are a common, yet very versatile, building tool.
Here are FOUR variations that will allow your preschooler to dive into some upcoming Kindergarten benchmarks, along with exploring on their own and moving along at their own pace.
1. Take preschool block play outdoors! Bringing indoor activities outdoors creates a different kind of experience. Preschoolers experiment with uneven surfaces and the texture of grass. This explores cause and effect along with balance.
2. Allow for Open Ended Free Play. Open ended free play allows for the preschooler to problem solve and practice with cause and effect. "If I put the square on something round, it falls off. If I put the square on a flat surface, it stays!" It also allows your preschooler to add other play elements to the blocks.
3. Begin to discuss 3D shapes. By Kindergarten, children will be asked to Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, "flat") or three-dimensional ("solid").
4. Begin to compose larger shapes. By Kindergarten, children will be asked to analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/"corners") and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).