Preschool Classroom Block Area (Construction)

Preschool Classroom Block Area (Construction)

by Cathy Abraham

Make sure you have plenty of space for the block area so children can build elaborate structures.

Goals/Skills:

  • Concept development (shape, size, balance, contrast, one-to-one correspondence, counting, matching, sorting, spatial relationships, grouping, classifying, problem-solving, length, height, weight, leverage, geometric shapes, etc.)
  • Conceptualization
  • Cooperation/social skills

Supervision and Tips:

  • Encourage children to only build as high as they can reach while standing on the floor.
  • Do not allow children to throw or crash blocks. Say “Blocks are for building. They can really hurt if you get hit with one.”
  • Allow children to work out their own differences, facilitating only if a child seems frightened or endangered, or the situation is at an impasse.
  • Encourage children to put the blocks away before leaving the area to do something else.
  • Use logistical problems in building as opportunities for children to learn
  • Label the block shelf with corresponding shadows for children to match

 

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