Lately, we have been playing with a lot of blocks. From the big kids to the toddlers, everyone has been having a lot of fun and a lot of learning has been going on as well. When I was in the classroom, I often heard questions about the benefits of block play, so I thought it would be fun to show off our new blocks with some developmental toddler block play ideas.
* I received product from KORXX for review for this post but all thoughts are my own and I am completely in love with the blocks!
Toddlers are fun to watch learn and develop. They are constantly learning and reaching new milestones. We absolutely love block play because it meets the needs and strengthens the toddler developmental skills in so many ways.
What Developmental Skills Does Block Play Address?
Toddler Developmental Skills in hand and finger skills
- Turns over container to pour out contents
- Builds tower of four blocks or more
- Might use one hand more frequently than the other
Blocks are the perfect learning tool for toddlers to work on hand and finger skills. There are so many classic block play ideas that incorporate this skill nicely. In addition, because KORXX is made of sustainable cork, the blocks make it easy to build and attempt towers and stacking at an early age.
Some Block Play Ideas for Hand and Finger Skills:
- Stacking blocks
- Pouring and scooping blocks into baskets
- Handing blocks to others to play with
- Sifting through the blocks to find desired block
- Rolling the blocks
Toddler Developmental Language Skills
Points to object or picture when it’s named for him
Says several single words (by fifteen to eighteen months)
Uses simple phrases (by eighteen to twenty-four months)
Uses two- to four-word sentences
Follows simple instructions
Repeats words overheard in conversation
Block play lends itself well to chatting and developing vocabulary. We had such a great time talking about the colors we saw, talking about the texture, smell and other senses we used.
Some Block Play Ideas for Language Skills
- Ask your toddler to point to a certain shape or color
- Use words such as stack, tall, small, big, fall, touch and other simple vocabulary words during block play
- Give your toddler simple instructions such as “put the block under your legs, put the block over your head”
Toddler Developmental Cognitive Skills
Finds objects even when hidden under two or three covers
Begins to sort by shapes and colors
Begins make-believe play
I am in love with this age right now. I love seeing my toddlers brain working overtime. One of her favorite games right now is to match colors and to “count” objects. While she can only say “two” “two” “two”, she has the one to one correspondance down and is very good at giving each item a number.
Some Block Play Ideas for Cognitive Skills
- Sort blocks by color
- Sort blocks by shape
- Match blocks by attributes
- Follow a model or diagram of blocks arranged in a particular order
- Create “things” with the blocks such as cars, castles, farms, etc
Toddler Developmental Social and Emotional Skills
Imitates behavior of others, especially adults and older children
Increasingly aware of herself as separate from others
Increasingly enthusiastic about company of other children
Demonstrates increasing independence
Because these blocks are so incredibly beautiful, they make for a toy/tool that toddlers will want to play for a sustained amount of time. Ever since we pulled out the blocks, she has been getting out the bin on her own and playing for a good amount of time independently. Block play is an excellent way to encourage children to separate from others and establish their skills independently.
Source:Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 (Copyright © 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics)
I could go on and on about block play ideas for your toddler but I will let you explore these awesome blocks on your own. KORXX is launching a brand new Kickstarter campaign on May 15th and they need you to help them increase production of their wonderful materials!
KORXX is an all natural and sustainable building block made from natural cork harvested without harming the trees. The blocks are soft and silent, stable and safe, light and lovely. As someone who is particular about the type of toys I bring into the home, I love that KORXX’s high quality cork is a natural material free of any harmful contaminants and cork provides excellent stability without slippage. Unlike typical cork used for other products, it is also safe for even the smallest of children.
KORXX pressed Cork is free from harmful substances (phthalates, dioxins, formaldehyde) and has no other sensory emissions. The product adheres to the guidelines for children’s toys (under 3 years) and the harmonized standard DIN EN 71.
I encourage you to check out KORXX Kickstarter campaign! In addition, KORXX has been generous enough to offer a giveaway of their wonderful product! So don’t forget to enter for your chance to win your own set of KORXX blocks!
More Ideas for Fun and Learning with KORXX
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Cooperative Sibling Play with KORXX Blocks from House of Burke
Preschool Science Activities with KORXX from Fun-A-Day