Students need access to different types of manipulatives, blocks and loose parts….but also need extended uninterrupted amounts of time to engage with them. Often we provide these materials, but then we don’t give our students enough freedom and time to truly explore their potential. Check out some of the wonderful ways our students explore these materials, and the wide range of skills that are being practiced!

Block play often leads to incredible dramatic play scenarios. When children are engaged in imaginative play they are practicing their storytelling skills, they are problem solving and resolving conflicts with peers….and most importantly they are trying on ideas, identities and roles that they may some day become!
It’s almost like you see the wheels turning in her head……the questions that are being asked, and the solutions that are being found!
When children play with blocks they explore shapes and size, they make comparisons and identify the properties of geometry!
Open ended materials such as duplos, allow students to create whatever prop or setting their story needs! These duplos helped these students create a tower perfect for Rapunzel!
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Loose parts are such a wonderful way to expand children’s view! A caterpillar can be made from anything….including a collection of colorful blocks!
Loose parts can be found in so many places, and don’t have to be extensive! This collection of plastic cups and inexpensive candles is such a simple invitation for children to explore their creativity.

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