Explorations in Building & Puzzles https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/ Explorations in Building & Puzzles Exploring with natural blocks borrowed from the toy lending library - adds variety to the program for the kids as they discuss the texture and feel of the blocks and build 'tree houses' for their puppets! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326613 142326613 Blocks are often a very social time as the children work together on structures and collaborate on how to solve problems such as how to get the 'trees' to stay standing! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326614 142326614 Block play also allows for exploration in early math skills of sorting and classification as well as balance. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326615 142326615 Children love to build towers and having the blocks set out as an invitation at a table with a mirror on the background allows for children to view their structures from varied angels to problem solve and create patterns. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326616 142326616 Building with blocks can also create great self esteem as even wee children can master tall towers! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326617 142326617 Catching them hard at work thinking about what to do next! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326618 142326618 A prime example of children naturally using blocks for classification and math concepts - learning through play is lots of fun! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326619 142326619 Having a wide variety of props to add to blocks always turns learning into a chance to role play your favorite themes - such as building fairy princess castles with knights in shining armor! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326620 142326620 Another example of using blocks as a self exploration of balance and gravity. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326621 142326621 Blocks also allow children to explore what they know about the world around them ... traffic rules and parking safety being discussed here in play! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326622 142326622 Never too young to be passionate about building - even at 16 months one can master building concepts! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326623 142326623 Collaborative play ... building with blocks allows older children to show their mastery to younger children and help teach turn taking and sharing as we work together towards a shared goal! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326624 142326624 Building together also teaches empathy and compassion as sometimes blocks fall down by accident and we can be friendly and console a peer that it is ok - we can build again! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326625 142326625 Building concepts can carry over into other areas as well ... building forts overs lots of early math concepts as well as the fun and joy of creating places to hide and role play! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326626 142326626 The magic of childhood is the belief that if they cannot see us we can not see them and therefore they are magically 'alone' in their play! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326627 142326627 Building forts allows for opportunities to be silly ... https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326628 142326628 and building forts offers places to be alone in the solitude of a good book! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326629 142326629 Children when given open ended materials can get very creative at building forts ... here they have used the blankets and clothes pins as well as the art walls string and stair railings to create a fort on a rainy day! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326630 142326630 Building is not limited to blocks ... magnetic structures can lead to hours of construction fun. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326631 142326631 Building a 'train' together! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326632 142326632 Another opportunity for older children to show their younger peers the tricks of the trade on materials they have mastered. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326633 142326633 Another example of children expressing empathy for a peer - sheer excitement and joy when the younger peer follows their advice and has success with the materials! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326634 142326634 Puzzles are another form of manipulative play and build math and language concepts naturally through play...here at 11 months old children can show they understand the beginning concepts of classification and sorting. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326635 142326635 Magnetic puzzles build fine motor and hand eye coordination through play - again the use of mirrors to help children see learning from varied perspectives! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326636 142326636 Mastering small manipulative clasps and closures help build self confidence and esteem in children! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326637 142326637 Explorations in ramps, gullies provide lots of experience with gravity, balance, friction and momentum concepts as well as cause and effect or trail and error through play. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326638 142326638 'Racing' materials down ramps is also a wonderful exploration for children in forming theories and hypothesis about what might work better and why and learning through cause and effect at trying different things down ramps! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326639 142326639 https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326640 142326640 Marble runs keep children engaged because they can be remade over and over in new configurations as children try to find runs that work the fastest. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326641 142326641 Building with trains is another great way to explore collaboration and team work ... and look at the fun we have doing it! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326642 142326642 Debating and brainstorming solutions builds strong conflict resolution skills for later in life and helps children to learn to work together to come up with ideas! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326643 142326643 You are never too young to start building simple train structures with a little help from your friends! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326644 142326644 Building can also cross over into early literacy skills as children learn to follow 'directions' from books that come with a product or books you make of previous structures they themselves have built. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142326645 142326645 https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178353757 178353757 Castles for a princess https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198286100 198286100