Block Play and Constructive Play

Ch. 10 Materials and Environments for Block Play

Child playing with Legos

READ FIRST– The following article provides an overview of constructive play and the important benefits of this type of experience.

CHOOSE ONE– Select at least one of the resources below to learn more about how adults can support children’s constructive play.

In this article from NAEYC, Parlakian provides specific suggestions on how to support infants and toddlers during block play.

In this video, you will learn more from teachers about how to facilitate block play and how to do this without taking over the child’s play.

In this video from Community Playthings, you will learn about how block play supports children’s development of important ideas from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).


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