Our block area is one of our most popular centers in our toddler and preschool classrooms. The children love to use their imaginations as they construct buildings, homes, airplanes, robots … anything their minds think of. Are you wondering about fun block activities for toddlers and preschoolers? Let me share our favorite ways we used ours this year, as well as the benefits.
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Fun Block Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
If we could only have one type of blocks, it would be unit blocks. They provide the foundation for basic math and geometry with the various shapes involved. Children need to think about balance as they stack the blocks, and this also strengthens hand-eye coordination. We keep ours on a block cart that has specific shelves and cubbies for each type of block. As we put the blocks away, we need to sort them before placing them in the correct area of the cart.
After having our unit blocks for awhile, we decided to add some arches blocks. Our toddlers and preschoolers love building bridges and tunnels. They’ve even been turned on their sides to create round stables for horses. We work on prepositional words as we place items under, over, behind, in front, and inside.
These jumbo building blocks have been a favorite for years! The interlocking pieces make them easy to stack. Our older preschoolers have enjoyed making patterns with them as well.
Another favorite that we’ve had for years! These large waffle blocks are adored by our toddlers and preschoolers. We use these in our large activity room and in the gym, where we have more space.
We initially bought these rainbow window blocks for our light table, but they are now also loved in the block area. The hardwood frames are easy for small hands to hold. Using these blocks strengthens hand-eye coordination, visual perception, and color recognition.
This rainbow stacker is one of our newer pieces. I wish we got it long ago because our toddlers and preschoolers love it that much. These are beautifully handcrafted! We originally purchased them for our rainbow unit, but realized they are a perfect addition to our block area year round. We’ve also used them on our light table and our science table.
Block play is fun on the light table! There area 6 different shapes and 6 colors to explore. Our preschoolers love to see how tall they can stack the cubes. A great activity for working on simple counting skills and color recognition.
Colored Foam Squares
I found this set at the dollar store. We use them for counting activities during our small groups. We also stack them, counting as we do so.
Giant Cardboard Blocks
This is our newest set of blocks, compliments of Edo. They sent us a kit to try and our preschoolers loved them! After assembling the blocks, I brought them to school where the children stacked and then decorated them. This is what they loved most – that they were allowed to draw on them and add stickers. They can be purchased as part of their kickstarter program.
What are your favorite ways to play with blocks?
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