It’s Time to Build a Castle!

It’s time to pull out the different blocks you may have at home and use your child’s creativity and critical thinking to build a castle.  Allow your child to use their creativity to make a castle and then add different items to make their imagination come to life.  Building with blocks strengthens problem solving skills, fosters creativity and self-expression.

Materials:

  • Building Blocks
  • Tons of Imagination

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Select blocks that your child is familiar using.  If you have more than one set try offering them both and watch to see what they create using both sets together.  Practice counting and you add blocks to the castle.  Ask open ended questions to further exploration.
  • Three-year-olds—Talk with your child about what they would like their castle to look like.  Take the time to look at pictures of castles in books and other print.  Select blocks and other enhancements around your home to let your child make their dream castle.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Ask your child to draw a picture of what they would like their castle to look like.  Then look around the house to find blocks that they would like to use to build their castle.  Some examples would be small boxes, Legos, wooden blocks, soft blocks, empty containers.  Another option would be to use sugar cubes to build their castle if you have those available.

Skills Supported: Vocabulary. Imagination. Problem solving. Counting. Self-expression.

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