7 tips for helping your child's development by playing with building blocks
(Provided by Kinderling Kids Radio, a Playgroup NSW Media Partner)
In a series of interviews that Playgroup NSW CEO Karen Bevan has been doing with Kinderling Radio, she provides some tips for play that involve building with blocks and imagination.
“Building things and knocking them down” is what experts call “constructive play” and is the type of play where children use wooden blocks, DUPLO® or sand to build something of their own.
Karen explains, “[you] don’t need to wait until kids are old enough to click LEGO’s DUPLO® together, therefore you can introduce your kids to building play as soon as they are ready to sit up.”
Construction play is much more than just putting a bunch of blocks in front of your child. This type of play “ignites a child’s imagination,” says Karen, “and creates opportunities for parents, carers and kids to have conversations and to build their relationship.”
Karen has some great tips for encouraging your little builders.