100 Piece Wooden Block Set (Part 2): Ways to Play it and What Can be achieved

         On the previous posting, I have written some ways to play 100 piece wooden block set. The ways are sorting blocks based on color and shapes, and games with the bags. Here, I only write the basic way to play the block set. It’s building or arranging the block set. It can be made into building such as house, castle, or anything as children’s imagination allow it to be. It can also be made into many things and arranged on the ground. It’s like when we play tangram.

          There’s no rules to play it. Just let children to build as they want to be. Let their creativity kick in. Hence, we can also guide the play (in the beginning) and give them example. It will give them perspectives and ideas which they may not think of. And this will stimulate them to create even more. Below is some ideas to guide in the play and some activities examples for children in different age.

1-2 Years Old Children

Here are ways to play the block and what can be achieved:

  • Stack the blocks into tower

    Show children how to stack the blocks into tower. What they are going to love in doing this activity is when they see the blocks falling down. It is so because at this age they love seeing something that moves. If we stack the tower high enough until it falls down, they will laugh and want to see it again and again. Yet, don’t just make them laughing. Ask them to stack the block by themselves. When they do it, they may arrange the blocks as in the picture below.

    Blocks Stacked by 2 Years Old

    As you can see, the blocks are not in a vertical line. That’s why the blocks will fall down easily. It’s not unusual to arrange the blocks as in the picture for 1 – 2 years old. It’s because making the blocks in a vertical line requires the spatial skill and fine motor muscle controls. As they are in the early stage of developing both skills, therefore arranging the blocks in vertical line is still a difficult task for them. Hence, ask them to do the activity often. This will make both skills developed.

    Something to be noted is when we show how to stack the blocks, we have to do it properly, not with the intention to make the blocks fall easily (though it will make our children laugh and excited). If we do it properly, the higher we stack the blocks, they will fall down eventually. We need to do it, so our children can see the right  example of how to stack the blocks. It is important because what they see will be kept in their memory. The example will become a standard which will stimulate them to do as we do. When they fail to do what we do, which is actually normal (due to their developing ability),they will try to figure out how to stack the blocks as we do. And this, actually what makes children developing their spatial and fine motor control muscles. They try, fail, think, learn, practice, succeed and all the experiences kept in their memory. This is when the new ability is achieved.

    Yet, do not always show them example. Do it occasionally. In the times we do not show example, let them to stacks the blocks as they want. This will make them bring out their original creation.

  • Building the blocks

     Ask children to build different kind of blocks vertically as in the picture below.

Toddler plays 100 Piece Wooden Block Set with Carrying bag by Imagination Generation

Do the steps as in stacking tower. Show our children example, let them try to follow what we do, then let them create their own buildings.

3 Years Old

Basically ways to play it the same as 2 years old. Yet, there will be differences. At this age, children are commonly able to stack some blocks in a vertical line by themselves like the picture below.

Blocks Stacked by 3 Years Old

This is a result of previous experiences. When they are able to do this, it actually shows their development in spatial and fine motor muscles control ability. If our children haven’t been able to do this, don’t worry. Just keep practicing, they will eventually be able to do it. Remember practice makes perfect. Yet, don’t be satisfied with this. Encourage our children to do more. Give more variations and more difficult tasks of how to arrange the blocks. This will make them keep thinking and developing their ability even more. Here are some examples:

Pyramid  Colorful Pyramid
Stairs  Colorful Stairs.png

There are two more abilities added to arrange the blocks as examples. They are following pattern and sequencing. It seems easy for us adult, but for children it’s not as easy as it looks like. To make the stairs, they have to arrange the blocks in sequence of blocks amount: one block, two blocks and three blocks. It means they have to know the sequence of numbers and the actual amount that is represented by the numbers. If we make the stairs in different colors, it will add difficulty levels as they have to combine two attributes at once, number and colors. They also have to use their spatial skills and fine motor skills. So, many tasks at once for a simple activity.

As in building blocks, they commonly have been able to build many blocks to higher stack and able to arrange the blocks in neat vertical arrangement as in the picture below. Let them to create the building as they want as they have enough basic abilities to make their own creation which may surprise us.

3 Years Old Build the Blocks

4 Years Old and Above

At this age, they are commonly able to do the tasks in previous age. Give them more challenge. Ask them to create things from the blocks. At first, as in previous age, we can give examples and let them follow what we create. This will, again, practice their ability to follow pattern. It’s better if we give difficult pattern to follow. Then ask them to create their own thing. This is a more difficult task to do, as they have to imagine thing they see in their life or even from their imagination. Then they have to project what’s on their mind into real thing through blocks. This requires imagination, shapes recognition and making pattern (which is a cognitive skills).

Here are some examples of pattern which can be made with 100 piece wooden block set (note: the blocks are put on the ground).

 Car A Dog  Lorry
 Smiley Face 2  Giraffe Boat at the Sea

Note: All the patterns above are only example and they are made with the 100 piece wooden block set. Create more examples of pattern and buildings for children such as house, castle, building with bridges, etc.

Those are the ways to play 100 piece wooden block set. Hence, there’s something to be noted. Basically when our children play, let them play as they want it to be. As this will stimulate their creativity. On the contrary, we can also give examples -only do it occasionally- as those will give them perspective they may not think of yet. As they like to follow what adult do, they will definitely try to follow the pattern. And this will give them chance to learn and practice many abilities they needed such as: spatial skill, fine motor, following pattern, and shapes recognition. Later, after they master the basic skills, when they play the blocks by themselves, they may create their own pattern or buildings creation which may be more complex than the ones they created before. When they have been able to do this, it will be their great achievement as this shows a further development of cognitive skills.

So, keep 100 piece wooden block set for your children. Give them chance to develop their abilities more with it.  Happy playing with your children 🙂

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100 Piece Wooden Block Set (Part 1): Ways to Play It and What Can be Achieved

 

100 Piece Wooden Block Set (Part 1): Ways to Play it and What Can be Achieved

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.

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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:

  • Sort based on two attributes -color and 2D shape- at one time. For example, they have to put blue square to blue square mat , red rectangle to red rectangle mat, etc.
  • Sort based on 3D shapes. When they’ve just learned about 3D shapes, it’s going to be a fun game to play which can develop their ability in 3D shapes recognition.
  • Sort based on two attributes -color and 3D shape- at once such as red cubes to red cubical box, blue cylinder to blue cylinder, etc. Yet, do this when they have been fluent in recognizing 3D shapes
  • 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.

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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:

  • Ask children to close their eyes. Then, hide a block or some in the carrying bag.
  • Ask them to find where the blocks are. Hence, create a situation where our children will figure that the blocks in the bag.
  • Let them peek!
  • After they find the blocks, we can say that the blocks are in the bag.
  • Ask them to bring the blocks out of the bag. Then we say that the blocks are out of the bag.
  • By stressing the words in and out, they basically learn about preposition.
  • There are many variations of word vocabularies we can tell to children. When they bring out the blocks, we can count the blocks, say the colors and the shapes as well.
3 years old Here are the games we can give to 3 years old:

  • What’s in the bag game. To play it, we put some blocks in the bag. Ask children to touch the blocks in the bag, but they can not peek into it. They have to guess the shapes by touching the blocks only.
  • Memory game. To play it, we have to provide at least 2 shapes on the mat or on the table. Show to children. Then ask them to close their eyes. we hide one of the shapes in the bag. Let children open their eyes and they have to guess what shape is missing/ hidden in the bag (Note: It’s done only when children have been able to differentiate shapes. It also can be used for other attribute such as colors).
  • Counting game. Here are two ways to play it:
    • Put some blocks in the bag. Ask children to bring out the blocks and count them by themselves. To make them excited and eager to play, make it like a pretend play. For example, pretend we’ve lost some blocks and we need our children help to find where the blocks are and check how many blocks are hidden. Be creative with the pretend play and suit it with your children likeness. This will make them want to play even more.
    • Spread the blocks on the floor and ask children to put some blocks, for example 3 blocks, in the bag. To make them excited, take turn in giving instructions.  Ask them to tell how many blocks we have to put in the bag.
4 Years Old and Above Basically the games are the same as 3 years old, yet with a bit of differences such as:

  • In what’s in the bag game, instead the 2D shapes, ask them to tell the name of 3D shapes.
  • In the memory games, we can ask children to memorize two attributes for each blocks. For example blue cube, red cylinder, etc.
  • Use the blocks and the bag to do addition or subtraction game.
    • Example of addition game: We put 1 block on the mat. Ask children to bring out 1 block from the bag onto the mat.  Then, we  say one bag on the mat plus one block from the bag makes two blocks on the mat. Ask children to do many addition using the blocks and the bag as example.
    • Example of subtraction game: We put 3 blocks on the mat. Ask children to take one block and put it in the bag. Then we say 3 blocks were on the mat, then you took 1 block and put it in the bag. Now there’re 2 blocks on the mat left. Ask children to do many subtraction using the blocks and the bag as example.

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.

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