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They are fun for building in the Block Center.
They are NOT fun to step on (just sayin'!).
However, they are SO MUCH MORE than a tool to build with!
Were were talking with our preschoolers about some of their favorite things to do when we are together.
We also asked what types of activities they'd like to do, or do more of, for the rest of the school year.
They had some great ideas (list to the right).
It's a tad fuzzy--- (love when children take the photos!). But it reads:
Blocks were mentioned often. And they mentioned many kinds of blocks. I LOVE that blocks made it on their
Blocks are an amazing material that I think ALL children should have access to every day!
Preschool children grow and develop in so many ways by using blocks. Here are just a few!
Playing with blocks helps preschoolers to:
For more information on block play and incorporating it into the classroom, you can read my Block Interest Center article here.
Our preschoolers just LOVE blocks. They especially love Legos and specifically asked if we could get, and I quote"
"Every, every kind of every Lego."
They asked what a review was. We discussed it for a bit and one of the children concluded that:
"Miss Cheryl, WE should review because, you know, you're older and, you know, we are not older. So, yeah. Let the kids review."
Well, we took out the other blocks we had and built together. During this time, they decided I was "qualified" to play with, and therefore, review toys.
So, I brought the Legos into the classroom the following day.
Here is what the Lego Education company sent me to review:
When we took the box out, the children did what children do with a new toy......especially Legos.....
They screached a little and then dumped them all out! I just sat and watched the fun happen!
I did not introduce the faces on the legos or the emotions they displayed.
I did not introduce the building cards that were in the box or what to do with them.
I think too many times we feel we need to "explain" everything to children and do not let them explore, discuss, question, investigate and just use materials!
The children immediately got to work checking them out. They built flying cars, people, robots, whatever their imagination lead them to create! And, they had stories to go with them:
"She is sad because it's raining.
Her hat is too small.
Cuz it's a snow hat.
She wants it to snow today.
She likes to play in snow with her dog."
"This can fly. It can take me where I want right now."
Me: "Where do you want to go right now."
"Potty. Then to see my Mom."
...........You KNOW you are smiling at that one!.........
"This is from the paper. Can we save it?
Can we take a picture in case it gets broken so I can make it again?"
Yes! Yes we can to both! We have this saved in the box and also have printed out this picture so he can build it again.
Even though-he did build it based on the building card, it was important to him to document this accomplishment!
The set came with 8 building cards. Each card is double-side with different pictures on each side:
Now, I did not read the "instructions" that came with the Legos, so I did not notice what a very astute preschooler did just by observing:
"Miss Cheryl, why are some pictures blue and some green?"
"Hmmm.....why indeed?! I'm don't know why. Good observation. I didn't notice that! Let's read the paper that came with the Legos and find out!"
So, he found the paper and all 12 children were gathered around to find out what it said. I read to them:
"Teacher Tip: The green border on the building cards indicates a less-challenging model, and the blue border indicates a more-challenging model."
A resounding, "What does that mean?" later, and before I could respond, one of the children said "It means the green ones are not as hard. The blue ones are more hard to do."
According to the information from Lego Education, the primary learning values of this product are:
Social and emotional development including:
--sense of self
--recognizing and understanding emotions
We did observe these developmental areas discussed throughout the morning.
In addition to their stated values and goals for the product, we observed so much more learning happening (as we all will when children are engaged in any type of play).
What we observed was children developing, learning and growing:
No amount of worksheets will ever succeed providing the type of learning and understanding that happens through hands-on play.
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