- For babies: soft blocks preferably made from fabric or plastic
- For toddlers: a set of wooden blocks can be a great resource for play as they can be used for multiple play activities
- Choose a low traffic area (to prevent accidental block knockdowns) to sit down with your child. Place the blocks in front of you and begin stacking them on top of each other.
- You can encourage your child to knock the blocks down so you can start over. As your baby will grow more confident, they will initiate their own block towers.
This is a great activity for a group, as it will provide a lot of teaching opportunities for babies and toddlers alike to develop and practice a variety of social skills. If your group of children is under 5 years, you will need to assist the play, as babies haven’t yet assimilated concepts like sharing and cooperating with each other.
The children can learn to share blocks with each other, negotiate and cooperate to build something great together. This activity is great to also teach children to patiently wait for their turn.
Tip: Feel free to incorporate other toys (like cars or trucks) together with your building blocks. Or you can take the blocks outside and play with them in the sandpit or in the garden. Your child will have so much fun!
Bonus Tip: Talk to your child while you play with the building blocks. It’s a great opportunity to introduce your toddler to words and spatial concepts like: “beside”, “behind”, “in front”, “underneath”. It will help them easily understand math concepts later on.