All About Blocks
are blocks an educational toy?
Here are a few of the benefits of playing with
building blocks for children. You will never again wonder why building
blocks are considered educational toys.
1. Math and science skills are involved including size relationships,
shapes, counting, height, width, area, fractions, and classification.
2. Spatial relationships are used and defined in concrete terms....ie.the
train is inside the tunnel or over the bridge. Your child will use concrete
examples of open, closed, over, under, atop, inside, outside and so
3. Language and pre-reading skills are developed and strengthened
through block play. In order to read your child must associate a word
(symbol) for an object. This will be regularly done by your child in
block play. For example, your child might use his blocks to build a
symbolic house, castle, or farm. A young child is only fascinated by
building up and knocking down block structures. As your child gets older
and develops these pre-reading skills, he will begin using blocks creatively
to represent structures.
Another important pre-reading skill
is visual discrimination. With block building, as with reading, your
child must be able to distinguish between similar but different shapes.
Your child will use and develop this skill when selecting particular
size and shape blocks to build a structure that will stand. Also, your
child can demonstrate comprehension of his favorite story through block
play and dramatization.
5. Block play also develops social skills. Through block play
with other children your child will learn about sharing, playing with
others, compromise, cooperation, teamwork and leadership. Block play
is also one of the few activities where children of differing skill
levels can work together.
6. Block play helps develop small motor skills as well as hand-eye
coordination. These skills are practiced each time a block must be placed
in an exact position.
think we don't know that block play is a favorite among parents as well!
Go ahead Mom and Dad, but remember to share! Happy Building!
types of blocks do you carry... and what's the difference?
- These blocks are intended for floor use. They are large and require
open floor space to play with them effectively. This set can be added
to with arches, tunnels, flat boards, and cylinders to create an enormous
variety of large structures. Since these blocks are large and heavy
it helps to develop gross motor skills in children. Children also get
a kick out of building "life size" structures!
Building Blocks - This series takes block play to a new
level. They are part of a system that incorporates block shapes with
the styles and design characteristics from several distinct cultural
and historical periods: European, Middle Eastern, Classical and Far
Eastern. The International Building Blocks can be used by themselves
or with other International Building Block Sets to create structures
that are historically correct, or that pioneer new architectural styles.
They are much smaller than Unit Blocks and are sized to be played with
on a table top. These blocks are not safe for children under 3 years
Pattern Blocks - These flat blocks
come in different shapes such as triangles, diamonds, or squares. They
are usually brightly colored and are most often used to create beautiful
geometric patterns and designs. They can be used with or without the
pattern cards that often come with these sets. Matching games and exercises
with these blocks help develop and practice visual discrimination.
Blocks - This classic wooden toy has a different letter of the
alphabet on each side. Great fun for building and learning the letters
of the alphabet.
Blocks - These large blocks are made of cardboard so they're
easy to move around and build large structures. They even look like
Soft Blocks - These blocks are thin like pattern blocks but
because they are magnetic you can build "up!"
Blocks - For the smallest children, soft blocks are a great
toy to introduce building. Because the blocks are soft, baby can easily
Blocks - This is the most popular form of building
blocks and includes unit blocks,
pattern blocks, architectural
blocks, and alphabet blocks.