Block play is one of the most powerful tools for constructing knowledge. It offers children
the opportunity to physically and mentally engage while providing excellent large and small
motor movement. Blocks address all domains of child development. Through practice children
learn weight and balance concepts, explore stability, and learn about geometry. Unit Blocks,
by their name and design, teach math language and understanding. They also provide
opportunities for counting and understanding quantity. In block development, children
gradually learn elements of art, architecture and engineering as they make arches and
doorways, stabilize structure height, make levers, distribute weight and create form.
Literacy is well encompassed in block play. Tales flow as children construct houses,
towers, towns, buildings and imaginary places. Their creations take on a form of their
own as children assume roles acting out characters in great detail and with much imagination.
While interacting children develop social skills, learning to negotiate as well as value and
respect the opinions and constructions of other.