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Block Play: Building Up the Whole Child

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This session offers participants the opportunity to learn the importance and value of block play in early childhood as well as some creative DIY ways to make their own blocks.
1. Child Growth and Development
1.2 Applies the process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation to support children's growth
through developmentally appropriate practices
g. Facilitates opportunities for children to learn and practice skills

1.3 Encourages children's development of social and emotional skills
g. Provides opportunities for children to help, to make choices, and to do things for themselves
p. Encourages cooperative work or play

1.6 Supports children's gross and fine motor development
a. Creates an environment that supports a variety and range of motor skills

1.7 Supports children's cognitive development
e. Engages children in activities to support the development of play and problem-solving skills

1.10 Facilitates children's play to encourage development across domains
a. Invites children to initiate and design their own play

4.2 Creates an environment that is predictable, promotes interaction and learning,
and is responsive to the needs of all children
g. Uses a variety of strategies to engage and maintain children’s attention and active participation
n. Demonstrates knowledge and applies current theories and research on environmental design

4.4 Establishes a learning environment within group settings that is well-organized
and visually pleasing, and promotes reflection, extends learning,
and encourages self-management and cooperation* (Relates to group settings)
c. Selects materials that foster discovery, inquiry, imagination, creativity, and actively support a variety of goals
d. Organizes and places materials within children’s reach to promote engagement and learning
f. Provides a variety of developmentally appropriate books, pictures, and print materials
h. Adds or removes materials available related to children’s interests, development, level of stimulation, and
curriculum content

Additional Information

Block Play: Building Up the Whole Child

1 hours Basic

Child Growth and Development/Environment and Curriculum

This session offers participants the opportunity to learn the importance and value of block play in early childhood as well as some creative DIY ways to make their own blocks.


Welcome and Introductions

What is Block Play?--

  • The Importance of Block Play

The Stages of Block Play—

  • Stage 1:  Exploring Blocks (ages 1-3)
  • Stage 2:  Building Rows and Towers (ages 2-4)
  • Stage 3:  Building Bridges and Passageways (ages 3-4)
  • Stage 4:  Building Enclosures (age 4)
  • Stage 5:  Adding Symmetry, Detailed Balance and More Involved Design to Structures (ages 4-5)
  • Stage 6:  Planning and Building Elaborate Structures (ages 5 and older)

Developmentally Appropriate Block Play—

  • The Ten Things Children Learn from Block Play
  • Types of Blocks

Planning a Successful Block Play Area—

  • Choosing Blocks
  • Tips, Rotating and DIY
  • Video

Closing and Questions

Additional important information about this training session:

  • The training begins promptly at the scheduled time. Training must be completed in its entirety to receive credit.
  • You must complete the proof of learning quiz in STARS with an 80% to receive credit..
  • This training is appropriate for all ages.

Course Hours

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