Building block is the toy most children have. There are many products of building blocks we can choose at the market. Here is one of them. It’s 100 piece wooden block set with carrying bag.
The set consists of 16 rectangular prisms, 32 cubes, 4 cylinders, 4 large triangles, 2 small triangles, 6 crescents, 6 bridges and 30 ledges. Building blocks can be played in most ways. For the set of particular blocks above, here are some ways to play it based on children’s age :
- Sorting colors: to play it, we need to provide 5 containers with different colors which are red, blue, green, orange and beige.
|Children’s Age||How to Play and What Can be Achieved from The Play|
|1-2 years old||When we ask children to sort based on colors, we actually have to show them. So, we sort the blocks and say the colors of the blocks. Let them follow us. We have to do it because they haven’t able to differentiate colors yet. Therefore, when they do this activity, they will grasp more about the colors ‘words’ instead of the color concept. It is so because at this age, they are in the sensitive period of language. While to differentiate colors, it requires a higher cognitive ability which is controlled in the higher part of the brain which hasn’t developed completely at this age.|
|3 years old||At the age of 3, we can ask children to sort blocks based on colors by themselves. Because based on 3 years old developmental milestones, a 3 years old has been able to differentiate colors. It’s due to the brain which has completely built. Yet, every children has their own development pace (some children may be faster in development than the common development of a 3 years old, some may be slower). If our children haven’t able to do it, do not force them. Just do the play as 2 years old do. Do it routinely. In time, they will be able to recognize each colors and sort by themselves.|
- Sorting shapes :
- To play it, we need place mats with the shapes of square, rectangle and triangle. We can make them from paper, felt or old cardboard. Use the same color place mats for children 1 up to 3 years old which will make them concentrate more on the shapes differences than the colors.
- As for 4 years old and above, we need to provide blue, red, orange, green and beige square mats, rectangle mats and triangle mats. We can also provide cubical box, rectangular box and cylinder with same color which will be used for different kind of game. For another kind of game, we can provide blue, red, orange, green and beige cubical boxes, rectangular boxes and cylinders.
|Children’s Age||How to Play and What can be Achieved from The Play|
|1-2 years old||How to do it, it’s basically like sorting blocks based on colors. We sort the blocks and say the shapes. Let children follow what we do. In this way, they will grasp the shapes vocabularies.|
|3 years old||Based on the developmental milestones of 3 years old, they usually have been able to differentiate at least two or three shapes. So, ask them to sort the blocks based on shapes by themselves. Yet, again every children has their own development pace. If they haven’t able to do it, just do the play as for 2 years old.|
|4 years old and above||At the age of 4 years old and above, we can give more difficult sorting game such as:
- Games with the Bag : As the 100 piece wooden block set comes with a carrying bag, we can use the bag not only to keep the blocks but use it to play game as well.
|Children’s age||How to Play and What Can be Achieved|
|1-2 Years Old||
Here are the steps to play the blocks with the carrying bag:
|3 years old||Here are the games we can give to 3 years old:
|4 Years Old and Above||Basically the games are the same as 3 years old, yet with a bit of differences such as:
Those are some ways to play 100 Piece Wooden Block Set. There will be more ways to play the set in 100 Piece Wooden Block Set (Part 2): Ways to Play It and What Can be Achieved.