We love Fisher Price
By now I’m sure you all know how much we love and incorporate Fisher Price toys in our home. Such a great staple, durable and long lasting.
We were gifted this bag of Mega Bloks and the kids went crazy. Even though it says from 1+ and was originally for Harper, they all had fun building. Even Matthew lol. They built the little figures featured on the bag, a few animals, cars and trucks and they even a huge tower.
Old vs New
We love blocks in our home. we have a bag of Mega Blocks that we received from my niece that is about 10 years old. They are still going strong and these newer blocks easily fit and combine with the older blocks.
Create and Thrive
I love getting the kids to play with the blocks because for me, they use their imagination to create their own ideas, they have to problem solve in figuring out which blocks will work to create the masterpiece they have in their mind, and there is loads of hand-eye coordination happening. These Mega Blocks are big enough for little hands to handle. Harper thoroughly enjoys playing with her blocks, even more so when her brothers join her in the fun.
Benefits of block play
I’ve included a list of benefits of playing with blocks from a childcare qualification assessor. Here’s the link if you’d like to learn more.
Here are 10 aspects of learning that can expect a boost, many originally highlighted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children:
1. Imagination – Through block play children are free to follow their own ideas as they embark on a voyage of discovery or share in the development of their friends’ creations.
2. Self-expression – Children are able to express themselves through their play, creations and discoveries, a form of communication that’s particularly valuable for bilingual or non-verbal children.
3. Problem-solving – Blocks offer a great platform to develop problem-solving and reasoning skills. This can be deliberate, with children consciously working to develop a solution, or as a natural consequence of play, as they learn first-hand what does and what doesn’t work.
4. Mathematics – Due to the many shapes, sizes and colours on offer, blocks offer ample opportunity for children to practice important maths skills, covering measurement, number, symmetry, balance and estimation. By comparing shapes and sizes, creating patterns or providing measuring and weighing tools, we can can extend play and exploration.
5. physical development – Block play promotes the development of spatial awareness and develops hand-eye coordination as children reach for, lift, move and build with blocks, strengthening their fingers, hands and arms.
6. Creativity – Blocks are loose parts, meaning children are free to combine and recombine them in countless ways. Practitioners can add alternative resources such as dough, small world characters or paint and pencils to further extend opportunities for creativity.
7. Science – Through the exploration of cause and effect and experimentation, children are able to develop their problem-solving skills, test hypotheses and practice scientific reasoning. Blocks help them to become familiar with balance, weight, spatial awareness and gravity.
8. Self-esteem – Children can take risks in their block play, helping them to discover that they have independent ideas. Children experience a sense of achievement as they ‘have a go’, creating and developing something new and unique.
9. PSED – Block play allows children to co-construct and negotiate. They take turns, share materials and cooperate with others, forging new friendships. It also encourages self-reliance, increases attention span and develops their sense of self.
10. Communication & literacy – As children encounter new experiences through block play, there are countless opportunities for discussion and the development of new vocabulary. Social interaction with adults and peers unlocks further benefits, while using blocks can support story creation and collaborative storytelling.
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