Block play is so rich. It can expand to include so many different kinds of constructions. In my block center I have the following materials (in addition to the blocks):
- large river rocks
- moss covered “rocks” (floral department)
- green grass (floral department – holds flower stems)
- assorted silk flower and plant stems
- small logs
- large pinecones
- fabric birds
- plastic animals
- large mats of wool felt for building – it helps to define a self-contained construction – clear boundaries.
Here is a glimpse into one day's constructions:
One student gathered a group of animals to feed on the grass.
Great work went into the creation of a “feeding place.”
The feeding of the animals continued for nearly 20 minutes.
Two other students built a flower garden for the birds.
The birds rested on the rocks as the garden was arranged and re-arranged!
Houses were built for the animals to rest in after eating.