When playing with blocks children are using a number of different skills. These include measuring, counting, teamwork, talking to each other, problem solving and many more.
In Glenwood we have recently started using the 7 stages of block play. We use the stages to determine what stage of development the children are at when using blocks. Our blocks are different shapes and sizes.
The Seven Stages of Block Play
Stage 1: The blocks are carried around but not used for building.
Stage 2: Blocks are placed on the floor horizontally or vertically (stacking).
Stage 3: Blocks are used to bridge the space between other blocks.
Stage 4: Blocks are used to enclose a space.
Stage 5: Complex structure: blocks are placed in patterns or symmetrically when building. Block accessories may be incorporated. Buildings are not generally named.
Stage 6: Block buildings are given names that relate to the function of the building.
Stage 7: Block buildings often reproduce actual structures known by the children. There is a strong impulse for dramatic play around the structure.
Blockplay is unique!
Blockplay is sustainable!
Blockplay is accessible!
Blockplay doesn’t require spoken language!
Do you have any blocks at home?
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