Block Centers






Typically I do not keep the blocks or legos accessible to the students because this can be VERY distracting for the kids. If they are left out they want to run over there and try to dump them all over. So I pull out the items that they will be playing with on that day. 

Initially the block center has only the blocks and not all of them out. A lot of my students have to be taught how to use the blocks. For my kiddos the block center can be VERY overwhelming! There are a lot of pieces and they do not know what to do with them all. Instead of building with them they throw them, step on them, or will just sit amidst most of the blocks. On Wednesdays I am very fortunate to have a volunteer in the room for the day. She will sit with the students and teach them how to build with the blocks. She will model how to make something and they will do it or she will show them hand over hand. As the year goes on we add animals and/ or dinosaurs once the students have had the opportunity to play with those items by themselves. 


Another time that is great to introduce the block center is at table time. The blocks are on a tray and  there are not as many of them for students to explore and it is not as overwhelming. 

Adding some structure during this center is key to my kiddos appropriately building with the blocks and having fun!
The importance of blocks is to help develop creativity and imaginative play.

 It teaches my students how to problem solve to get something to fit together.

It helps students learn how to interact with their peers by having to request items, problem solve together, and imaginative play with them.

Academic skills (literacy and math skills) can also be incorporated as another way for students to become exposed to these skills and to practice them in a more hands on way.








Large cardboard blocks

Legos

Dinosaurs

Animals

Cars, Trucks

I have also made some task cards for students when using the legos. This adds more structure to the activity. Grab them here.  
You can also find some ABC lego cards from Wildflower Ramblings here. My kids love these! 


During blocks play my aid, volunteer or myself will sit with the students and teach them how to build with the blocks. We will model how to make something and they will do it or she will show them hand over hand. Once the kids seem to be able to build independently the adult working with them will move away from helping so much. 
What are your block center must haves?!

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