Every kindergarten teacher will tell you that the block area is always a favorite center. It doesn’t matter if they are big blocks, little blocks, wooden blocks, or cardboard blocks. The minute the block center is opened up, so is the creativity.
One of my favorite new activities is to print out pictures of famous buildings and place them in the block center. The kids love creating buildings like those in the pictures.
Building with blocks is a great way to integrate thematic play into the day. The block area can be a zoo, horse coral, farmyard, big city, or a construction zone. Any theme you are exploring in your home or classroom can transfer into the block area.
When towers are the structures of choice, we add blank papers, markers, and tape so kids can write names for their buildings.
Do you have blocks in your home? If you do, it's time to break them out again and introduce a few new materials into the block center. It's a great time for creativity!