READ FIRST– The following article provides an overview of constructive play and the important benefits of this type of experience.
- The Importance of Constructive Play by Francis Wardle (~12 minute read)
CHOOSE ONE– Select at least one of the resources below to learn more about how adults can support children’s constructive play.
- Rocking and Rolling. Building New Skills: Block Construction in Toddler Settings by Rebecca Parlakian (~15 minute read)
In this article from NAEYC, Parlakian provides specific suggestions on how to support infants and toddlers during block play.
- The Important Role of the Teacher in Block Play: Supporting Deeper Engagement and Learning in the Block Area by Community Playthings (~ 3 minutes)
In this video, you will learn more from teachers about how to facilitate block play and how to do this without taking over the child’s play.
- Foundations of Learning: Building STEM Skills by Hal Melnick, Susan Wood, & Yvonne Smith (~ 3 minutes)
In this video from Community Playthings, you will learn about how block play supports children’s development of important ideas from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).