Most families have a set of building blocks ~ somewhere. Here are a few ideas on how to introduce (or re-introduce) this ageless toy to your child.
With your baby . . .
• Copy your baby when he bangs blocks together.
Say, “Bang, bang, bang”. Wait to see what he will
do…will he laugh, smile, make a sound, or will
he bang the blocks again? Copy again.
• Build a tower for your baby to knock over. Say,
“Up, up, up” when you build it and “Fall down!”
when baby knocks them down. Do it again. You
may have to help your baby at first, but that’s
With your toddler . . .
• Build your own tower beside
your toddler. Say, “More
block”, or “Block up” as you
stack them. Say, “Tower
crashed”, or “All fall down”
when he knocks it over.
Say, “Tower again?” or “More tower?” and wait
to see what he says.
• Be silly. Put the block on your head and say,
“Block on head”, or “Where’s the block?” Wait to
see what she will do.
With your preschooler . . .
• Build cars, houses, or any fabulous creation your
child likes. Talk about the sizes, colours, and
shapes of blocks you need. Ask if you need a
tiny one, a big one, a blue one, a round one, or a
• Once you’ve built something, play
pretend with your child. Talk about
what you are pretending to do.
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