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 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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