Block Center & Resource Library

As children play, they gain knowledge of how the world works and they find their place I the world.  Construction experiences, like playing with blocks, strengthen the foundation of math, science, reading, and writing.  Children also develop physical coordination, build self-esteem, and learn how to work with others.

There is no substitute for a good set of unit blocks.  Many types of blocks are available, but the most versatile and durable for preschool and school age children are unit blocks.  Unit blocks (and their big brother:  hollow blocks) represent a financial investment for many programs.  Although blocks seem expensive initially they should last for many years and in the long run actually cost only pennies a day.

Materials                                       Examples

Unit Blocks                                                      Wooden

Large Hollow Blocks                                               Wooden

       Cardboard                                       Bricks, Boxes (large & small), tubes, flat pieces

Homemade Blocks                                   Clean, empty food boxes

 Building Surface                                  Clear floor space and/or a low platform

  Small Vehicles                                           Cars, Trucks, Trains, Planes

       Animals                              Small vinyl & wooden (domestic, farm, forest, ocean, & zoo animals)

       People                                  Small vinyl people of different race, culture, ability, & occupation

Other Accessories               Road signs, Trees, Fences, Ruler, Tape measure, Protractor, a Leval

     Loose Parts                Empty thread spools, clothespins, craft sticks, paper cups, chenille stems, buttons, smooth wood scraps, PVC pipe, soda straws, twigs, wheels, baskets, buckets, small balls, maps