So maybe this won’t be all that enlightening to most, but I just have to say I think building blocks are great!…awesome…totally cool…the bomb? I don’t know…whatever today’s lingo equivalent is.
Anyways, building blocks! I know they are a rather simple concept, multicolored blocks of varying size and shape that interlock to create a myriad of children’s creations. Create creations?…probably not the best description, but you get what I mean. However, these little guys have potential! And if there’s one thing I’m addicted to…it’s potential! Hence, all the random things I hold onto in the hopes of one day turning them into something fabulous! That’s another story, but for now, here are some of the things I use my building blocks, I mean Layla and Kenley’s building blocks, for… =)
1) Building- The very reason they were created! Build, stack, create away! Watch in amazement as those blocks turn into monstrous towers, airplanes, dinosaurs, giraffes, trees, etc. My 3 year old made her’s into an ark and then decorated it with her animal bath toys! (I forgot that the bath toys still had water in them…you know, the kind you squirt? Needless to say there was a sneak attack on Mommy, but you better believe I retaliated! Good times!) =)
2) Colors- For the little one not quite ready to do a lot of building, the blocks can be used to teach basic colors. I divide up the colors to make towers or objects . Then I take some of the leftover blocks and ask my youngest which tower it goes to. To help with motor skills, I try to get her to actually stack with me.
3) Patterns- For my 3 year old, I use them to teach the concept of patterns. I create various patterns stacking the blocks and then try to see if she can continue it with the leftover blocks. As she grasps the concept better, I can make the patterns more complicated and eventually she can create her own.
So there you have it! My esteem for building blocks! I know…I’m a total nerd. Building Blocks…fun for all…who’d of thought?!
But seriously if you have a use I haven’t thought of, please leave a comment and let me know! =)