It breaks my heart when teachers say, "They took my blocks away!” Blocks are a natural element and in this world of plastic and manufactured goods, it feels good to just hold a block. Blocks can be used to help children develop concepts of numbers, size, shape, and weight. They also encourage imagination, language, social skills, self-confidence, and motor skills.
You just might be surprised how many Common Core State Standards can be reinforced with blocks.
- Why? What?
- Building Standards with Blocks - Language Arts
- Building Standards with Blocks - Math
- Building Standards with Blocks - Social Skills, Social Studies, Science
Here are a few successful block centers:
Math Block CenterWrite signs =, +, and - on pieces of paper and attach to blocks. Children can build equations and practice addition and subtraction with the numeral blocks and signs.
*For some added fun, try doing the Macarena Count to 100 video with your class from the (Better Bodies and Brains CD.)
*My Letter Limericks and Poems lesson would go great with this Language Arts activity.
*Hint! Encourage them to estimate how many blocks they can stack. Did they do more or less?