A wide variety of blocks are available within
children's reach. Carpeting ensures children's
comfort and warmth, plus reduces noise when blocks
tumble. To the right of the white construction
hats, note the hanging clipboard. Teachers use it
to hold writing paper when children wish to
dictate a story about their block building.
Sometimes children use paper on the clipboards to
sketch their creation. Symbols are placed on
storage shelves to show children how blocks can be
put away in an organized way.
enrich block play and encourage in-depth learning.
Materials are rotated to provide variety, and may include
items such as wheeled vehicles, airplanes, recycled materials, nature items, farm or zoo animals, play people, doll houses, etc.
the block area is a felt board for creating colorful patterned
designs with plastic reflectors (similar to those put
on mailboxes). The reflectors are backed with
velcro coins so they attach to the felt. The
reflectors are stored in plastic boxes shown. Felt
shapes and figures are also provided for play.
plants on top of storage shelving. Plants throughout the classroom create a homey
atmosphere and introduce children to the science
of living things.