Boost Thinking with Block Play
Inside: Preschool block play center ideas for preschool and toddlers
I am going to ask you to go do something right now.
Go around and gather every block you have floating around your home.
Think stacking blocks, lacing beads, and wooden puzzle pieces.
Add them to a basket, and get ready to have some fun with inquiry based learning.
Wait. What is inquiry based learning?
Inquiry based learning is active learning that is started by asking questions, and requiring thinking skills to continue.
Children create questions on their own in order to complete a task or solve a problem.
Inquiry based learning get children thinking! - Yes, Please!!!
Now, if you have an under two-year-old, head directly to this block post.
For the older kids, stay here. They will love this.
WHY Block Play?
For starters, using block play in your Breakfast Invitations is a great way to cue up Process of Investigation.
"When children engage in investigations, they are involved in asking probing questions, collecting data, analyzing information and finding meaningful answers to their original questions. This reflective process helps them make connections and understand the connections between previous knowledge and new experiences and ideas" (Loose Parts)
Your preschooler can do all this as YOU prepare for your day.
Be sure to listen along as your preschooler investigates block play. You may hear some incredible things about how they process information.
Quick set up:
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Tape down a large piece of white paper onto your tabletop.
Gather a large basket of blocks. (see below)
Write "How Tall?" on your white paper.
Sit back. Sip your morning beverage. Watch your preschooler investigate how many blocks they can stack before they topple over.
Below is an example of the collection I gathered from what we have in our home.
How do you begin?
Introduce the Breakfast Invitation.
Read, “How Tall?” to your preschooler.
Conversation Starter: “How tall do you think you could stack these blocks?”
Then Watch What Happens
Does your preschooler stack the blocks?
- Yes? Begin to share the word tall and when it means.
Does your preschooler look at you puzzled?
- Brainstorm things that are "tall". Give examples that your preschooler will visually recognize. “Mom is taller than baby Will. See us standing next to one another?”
Does your preschooler refuse the block play?
Stop. Do not force the action and come back later on that day or the next.
Keep everything set up and allow them to linger back when ready.
Once your preschooler begins, watch him carefully stack each block until they tumble down.
The excitement of "just how many will make it topple over" is delightful!
You can set this up for your next Breakfast Invitation, or when you need to make dinner. Just be sure to stay close. It’s a fun one to all participate in!
How will you set up block play?