Blocks?! But Miss Trayers, don't you usually try to post ways to challenge kids? This is not challenging? Au contraire mon frere (4 years of French and I probably spelled that wrong :). We tell kids to be creative in their writing and other assignments but do we teach them how to be creative, give them opportunities to practice that creativity?
I had an administrator come into my class one day during math workstations and frown when she got to a block station in her walkthrough. She asked the kids what they were learning there and I was so happy when they answered "we're learning to create". I could see the gears in her mind churning with thoughts of how creating was not on the standardized test....but she didn't say anything to me.
I am a firm believer in blocks! I think it nurtures creativity and spatial reasoning and let's face it, they are just plain fun! It is always a station in my math rotation and usually a favorite of the kids.
This is an example of what kids will naturally do...build! Of course this station is supposed to be for making sentences and I did redirect them with those instructions but I had to snap a pic first-- look at the creativity that's apparent here.
Nature blocks-2 different ideas of what to build.
animal blocks-they love making up new animals-half giraffe/half alligator.We write stories about them too so I can tie it to an actual objective :).
3-D magnetic blocks
First day with our panda blocks.
Sometimes I give them some inspiration.
Sometimes they inspire me with what they are capable of.