Benefits of Block Play
Purdue Extension faculty and educators are studying block play as a rich, developmentally appropriate activity for young children - one that contributes to their readiness for kindergarten.
Researchers have found:
Children develop a variety of skills through block play including math, early engineering, social, physics, creativity, physical skills and movement.
Preschoolers playing with large "loose parts" blocks demonstrated twice as much whole-body movement and four times as many early engineering behaviors as compared with lay on a traditional playground.
Girls and boys were equally physically active and equally engaged in early engineering.
Parents who attended an Extension-sponsored Block Party reported a fourfold increase in their understanding of the value of block play and how to support their children's play.