The bock center can be the busiest center in a preschool classroom. Preschool children love playing with blocks because it is away for them to express and create their thoughts and ideas.
Block Play helps children to develop
enhances problem solving skills
builds social skills
Children have big ideas and when there is a lot of children in the block center that is a lot of ideas.
Teaching children how to make plans will help children to explore new ideas and work together towards a common goal. It allows children to share their ideas and thought in the process.
Blue Print Planning Process
At the beginning ask children what they want to build and make a list with them of all their ideas.
Next have them come up with their plan how they will create their ideas. Draw what they come up with on a large sheet of paper.
*Where- they will place certain structures
*How- they will create each structure
*Who-will build in each area
Use sticky notes to show who will be building each area of the plan and what they choose to use to create their area with.
As they begin their building and constructing continue to ask open ended questions and facilitate during their play. This will allow the children to continue thinking and create and extend their play.
As children use the blue print plans in their play children make decisions and choices during play. They will begin to incorporate planning into their play that will lead to continuity and progression in their everyday play.
When I Grow Up Class Book
Our little ones had so much fun creating their craft project that we thought it would be fun to make a class book about what they would like to be when they grew up.
They loved hearing the book at group reading time and in the book nook to friends.
We had the children create building that represented places that they go to in our community.
Love this one because our Target and Mall are right across the street from one another.
Building Literacy with Block Play
Bringing their writing skills to the construction zone.
Children named the building that they were creating in the block area.
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I love watching children work in the construction center. It always amazes me at the problem solving that happens in there.
Here is a group of children that wanted to build a ramp for the trains to go down. They stared off by using the train tracks, but soon discovered that at each joint if not supported would collapse.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.
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