Children can spend hours playing with blocks building towers and castle. Block play is great for developing children gross motor skills.
According to Dr Gwen Dewar, blocks can function as powerful learning tools and help children develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning, cognitive flexibility, language skills, a capacity for creative, divergent thinking, social competence, and engineering skills. (https://www.parentingscience.com/toy-blocks.html)
Allow the children to be creative in deciding what to build during blocks play. Some would rather play alone, and some prefer to play together with their friends to build things together. Ask probing questions such as “Why did you put this green one here?” and let them give their answer. You will be surprised at how imaginative they can be! Support and acknowledge their answers.
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