Block play – Playgroup
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Block play at playgroup gives children opportunities to work together to negotiate, plan and build collaboratively or to share blocks to construct individual projects. This helps build social and emotional skills, a sense of independence and belonging, as well as coordination skills.
Make comments on the building structure and ask occasional questions that require some thinking and reasoning by the older playgroup children.
Including some toy people or animals with the blocks can encourage pretend play, with people and animals interacting with the structures that have been built.
Providing the blocks and giving the children some space and time to work it out for themselves gives them an opportunity to develop and practice their social, negotiation and resilience skills.
Using boxes of different shapes and sizes can allow for some large scale block constructions, particular if using packing boxes as blocks.
Across the ages
Activities listed under “playgroup” are suitable for groups of children of various ages. They provide opportunities for early learning and social play.