Betty Jones, writing in the Exchange Essentials, “Block Play,” shares these observations about making the most of children’s work with three-dimensional materials:
"With full-size materials children build spaces they can live in, indoors or out. Large hollow wooden blocks — expensive and worth the investment — are the most durable and versatile material. They can be combined in many ways to create houses, sidewalks, walls, and trains...
Blocks can be extended with a variety of less expensive and free materials — boards, crates, large pieces of cardboard, sheets, and blankets (for roofs and doors). Loose parts enable children to become inventors and problem solvers: If there isn't enough room on our bus, how can we make it bigger? If I want my little house all to myself this morning, what can you use to build a little house on your own? The availability of enough loose parts helps adults manage conflicts between children by suggesting new ideas for their play."
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