Thursday, January 21, 2010

Brick Blocks

We had big brick blocks for quite some time. They are somewhat different than this product that I pulled from Amazon. Ours has 4 colors, 40 rectangular blocks. They were always available to Anna, but until recently she didn’t have much interest in them. However, lately her interest in building exploded, and she is more interested in building with these big blocks. It always cracks me up when she wants to build up and climbs on her chair to Jan21_Blocks build a really big tower.

As you might have noticed, I put a lot of emphasis on learning math through play. Any kinds of blocks are good for it, and here are a few things that we tried with these big blocks:

  • Pick a number, get this number of blocks and build high with them. Pick another number and build a block road or other low and wide structure with them.
  • Brainstorm the ways to make high structures more stable.
  • Block patterning – she was not terribly interested in this since she was just enjoying building.
  • “Combinatorics for beginners” – we keep those blocks in a deep cabinet, and I asked Anna to think how many blocks she needs to pull out without looking to get at least one pair. It’s a classic brain teaser, and I was proud when she was able to answer this correctly after some experimentation.

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13 comments:

Debbie said...

Selena plays with blocks like that at the library. We love them, wish we had some here at home. I forgot about them at Christmas time. She might just get a late present!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas!

Susana said...

I have wanted these for so very long!! They are on my wish list for Jack's birthday. I know all of the kids will love them!

Beth said...

We love these blocks too! Our boys will use blocks to build ANYTHING. We also keep several different types of blocks around and let the imagination go!

Adriana said...

As you know, we have almost every type of blocks imaginable except these. I saved about twenty juice box boxes last year (they are about the same size) and we some times pull them out to build. I love all of the learning activities that you listed to go along with the blocks. We will definitely have to try some of them.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

These are all great learning activities! Those blocks are a big hit in our household too.

Mama Ruck said...

Similar story...We had them for awhile before my son showed interest. I found small sets in the dollar section at Target.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

M has blocks similar to these, but they are not all uniform in shape and size (grrr) which makes it harder to build some things. Anna does so great - I love her tower, what a cute picture! And the question about how many to pull out in order to get at least 1 match is brilliant!

Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts said...

I have been wanting these for sooooo long!

Sherri said...

We love our blocks!!

Cindy said...

We have the same issue with D not being interested in these. I picked some more up at the $ section in Target at Christmas time and I am hoping when we take them out of storage he will be more interested in them. We just have our wooden blocks here and he has been playing with them everyday. I have pictures of his "Mouse Traps" Now if I can just get them loaded onto the comp and off my new camera. Arg.

Ticia said...

Back when I was teaching nursery at church those were always super popular. The kids would build this super high tower, get this wickedly gleeful look and then kick the tower down. Good for play for the whole time.

Eva said...

oo I remeber these blocks, we used to have them when I was a child as well! loads of fun

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

unfortunately we dont have those type of blocks here in south africa but i'd love to know how you store them since they are so big im assuming they also take up a lot of space?