Many libraries have started LEGO programs. LEGOs are popular with kids and can be a big draw. When programs are so popular, it can be easy to focus on the excellent attendance and forget that block play is also educational. LEGOs aren’t the only kind of block either. If you don’t have LEGOs at your library, that doesn’t mean your patrons have to miss out on all the block playing fun. You can use other types of blocks or building materials to get the same benefits.
Children learn many skills playing with blocks, and there are seven developmental stages of block play. You can read about the stages in the articles “Block Building: Opportunities for Learning” and “Building Blocks? Brilliant!” If you are preparing to offer a block play program, Nancy P. Alexander has a helpful article “All About Unit Block Play” that includes what children learn through block play, tips for play time, and a checklist for your play area.
Here are some ideas for other building programs you can offer at the library for a variety of age groups:
- Enhancing Early Literacy
- Constructive Play at Libraries
- Building and Engineering Activities for Kids
- Activities for a Preschool Construction Theme
- Block Prompts
- 12 Great Building Materials for Kids
- 17 New Ways to Build
- Block Activities for Preschoolers
- Simple Building Materials for Kids
- Building Challenges
- Spaghetti Tower Challenge
Does your library offer block play or other building programs besides LEGOs? Tell us about your ideas and suggestions in the comments!