In Kentucky, we had snow yesterday! The calendar says it’s supposed to be Spring, so this was unexpected! Since it’s been so cold, I thought I’d share some warmer times with you!
Oh, I miss the warm sunshine! Being a full-time working and homeschooling mom is tough sometimes. So, how do we keep these wild kids entertained inside?
Blocks! One of my kids’ favorite things to do is build with blocks. We have multiple different types, and they’re always a hit. What do kids learn from building with blocks? SO MUCH! Read on to learn more.
- Problem solving. Sometimes it is intentional: “I want to build X. How do I do that?” Other times it is in-the moment: “To go higher and add to one side, what can I use?”
- Imagination. Children can follow their own plan, or they can share a friend’s vision and work together to create something they never dreamed of.
- Self-expression. Blocks offer many ways for young dual language learners to explore, express themselves, and demonstrate what they are learning across languages.
- Mathematics. Important concepts and skills are practiced and strengthened through block play, including length, measurement, comparison, number, estimation, symmetry, balance.
- Continuity and permanence. Block play engages spatial sense and motor abilities; it can be a solo or a group effort; block creations can stand for an indefinite period of time.
- Creativity. Blocks and other loose parts can be moved freely by children, to be combined and recombined in countless ways.
- Science. Blocks offer opportunities to test hypotheses and build scientific reasoning.
- Self-esteem. Children discover that they have ideas and that they can bring their ideas to life by creating, transforming, demolishing, and re-creating something unique.
- Social and emotional growth. Blocks help children learn to take turns and share materials, develop new friendships, become self-reliant, increase attention span, cooperate with others, and develop self-esteem.
- Development in all areas. Block play requires fine and gross motor skills. Blocks enhance children’s problem-solving abilities, mathematics skills, and language and literacy abilities. And constructing “creations” builds self esteem and feelings of success.
All of my kids enjoy helping cook.
We also love painting!
Even when it’s cold, we do like to go outside!
Well, I do…anyway…
And sometimes, you’ll find my kids doing things that aren’t as pretty.
Like…dumping out the dog’s food and water to play.
I love my messy life!