Want to encourage block play?
I do! We have these glorious wooden blocks that needed some love and block play inspiration.
Sometimes, all it takes is a simple Breakfast Invitation to remind kids of an old toy that can inspire play. The supplies are simple, and the creativity rolled right into independent play. – The ultimate goal!
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Block play encourages creativity.
Block play encourages math skills and encourages problem-solving. For this Breakfast Invitation, the task was simple; Can you build a house?
For this task, I asked my four-year-old to design his blockhouse using the wooden blocks placed in front of him.
The blocks had different sizes and shapes, and I was curious how he would put them together to create his “next” home.
No wooden blocks? No worries! You can also use the foam blocks we shared for sensory block play!
Let’s get set up!
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To begin, I taped down a large piece of white paper onto the table. I used the white paper roll to create a border. You could also create a border using painter’s tape.
- I sorted the wooden block by type and placed them on the side of the paper.
- I formed one square using four blocks as an invitation to begin.
- When my preschooler came down for breakfast, I prompted him with, Can you build a house? – and he was off!
Keep in mind; Preschoolers can do this Breakfast Invitation dozens of times! Each play will have a very different outcome. That is the joy of open-ended toys. There is simply no right or wrong way to begin!
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Below, I linked three of our favorite blocks. Remember, all I did was place the blocks on the table and prompted my preschooler with one simple question. The rest was up to my four-year-old.
When will you introduce block play?