Blocks are my favorite. It is my favorite center. I love how children feel so proud and satisfied when they stand back and look at a structure they built. I even love the loud crash of blocks when they topple to the floor. This love for blocks is evidenced by the catalog of 1000's of block building photos on my computer. I don't really have memories of building with blocks as a child...but I blame this on my poor memory and believe I must have to love them so much now.
Thanks to blocks - friendships are made, stories are told, cities are built, and blue felt can become the sea. Here's one of our recent stories - told through images.
Here is a New York Times article for all block lovers.
And this quote from the article had me thinking immediately,
At the Packer Collegiate Institute, the Brooklyn Heights private school where educators have recently recommitted themselves to blocks by hosting workshops for teachers and moving block corners to more centralized locations, students often use classroom computers to search for images or watch videos that help them visualize something to build.we have a new Smartboard in the classroom and this 'super computer' may be a wonderful tool for builders in block center. I can see the grand scale of the Smartboard being an inspiring way to view images. Living in New York City, our children are often building self-described "cities" and the Web has a wealth of breathtaking city-scapes. More to come on this soon, until then...
Do you use technology with children as they build? How?