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Wooden Blocks, Useful or Outdated? Learning with Play!




Have you ever wondered why wooden blocks are found and used in most early childhood classrooms? Without understanding the purpose of using them for their developmental purpose, wooden blocks can become tiresome and frustrating. My name is Angelia Winn and I want to Welcome you to Pre-K God’s Way, where we encourage early childhood educators to include biblical integration in all learning domains while Teaching with Love and Learning with Fun. Let’s dive into the timeless benefits of wooden blocks and their profound impact on a child's development.


Wooden blocks are essential tools in our classroom. They invite children to explore, create, and imagine in ways that no other toy can match.

 

In the 19th century, Friedrich Froebel, a German educator, recognized the significance of play in a child's learning journey. He introduced the concept of Kindergarten, or 'children's garden,' where wooden blocks played a central role. He believed that children learn best while experiencing the world around them as God created it.


Froebel believed that through play with wooden blocks, children develop essential cognitive, social, and physical skills.

They learn mathematical concepts like symmetry, balance, and spatial relationships without even realizing it.

Wooden blocks are more than just toys. They are vehicles for creativity and expression. As children stack, sort, and build, they develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

 

Children love playing with wooden blocks. Not only is it fun for them, but it's laying the foundation for future learning. Plus, there's something beautiful about the simplicity and natural feel of wooden toys.

When children collaborate on a construction project, they learn to communicate, negotiate, and problem-solve together. Wooden blocks foster social skills and teamwork.

 

As children see their creations take shape, they feel proud of their achievements, boosting their confidence and resilience, wooden blocks promote a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.

In a world filled with digital distractions, wooden blocks provide a much-needed opportunity for hands-on, screen-free learning. They engage all the senses and encourage children to explore the world that God created around them.

After teaching a Bible story, encourage them to build what they learned about. Can they create a den for the lions? Maybe they can build a boat for Noah and the animals. There are so many possibilities for biblical integration with wooden blocks!


Even though we appreciate the legacy of Friedrich Froebel and his profound insights into early childhood education, let us remember mostly the Creator of the tree that makes the wooden block—a timeless tool that continues to inspire young minds and shape the future generation.

Because sometimes, the simplest things hold the greatest impact and while you’re teaching with love, and watching the children learn with fun!

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