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101 Ideas For Using Building Blocks In Your Classroom

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> Trace blocks on paper, have the children match blocks to the shapes.

> Build the setting to a story with wood blocks.

>Have children write a story about their building block creation.

> Have children predict how, which direction and when a tower will fall.

> Build a structure of wooden blocks & have the class build a copy of it.

> Make or continue a pattern of toy blocks either on the floor or vertically.

> Compare & Contrast-Size, Shape, Weight, Length, Volume of the building blocks.

> Construct a famous building.

> Make a maze with blocks, put a ping pong ball in it and have the children blow it through the maze with a straw.

> Measure each others height in wooden blocks.

> Create ramps, roll balls or cars down ramps, talk about effect of different inclines.

> Play “I Spy” , dump out a pile of building blocks encourage observation skills by describing a specific wood block for them to find.

> Give them a challenge-i.e. build a ramp for marbles , figure a way to contain the marbles.

> Predict how tall of a tower you can make, build and then analyze if you came close to your prediction.

>Try to build a spiral staircase.

> Put toy tools in the building area they can play with as they construct.

> Make alphabet letter or their name out of blocks across the floor.

> Draw a building, then plan how to construct it, problem solve.

> One child build a simple structure from wooden blocks, then with backs together describes to a 2nd child how to build the same structure, see how close they come, discuss how they could have better communicated.

> Use for music time-clap wood blocks together to make rhythms, put sandpaper on blocks and rub them together.

> Use as math manipulative, count, sort, classify, measure, pattern.

> For older grades-have them measure and calculate volume and mass.

> Let them write a story about their construction-make it a group project, getting their creativity going.

> Build and then go through a building block obstacle course.

> Use their non-dominant hand to build a structure from toy blocks.

> Have them move blocks from one area to another, be creative, do it while hopping, skipping , on one foot etc.

> Balance a block on their head.

> Use a piece of rain gutter and blocks as supports. Put balls or car in the rain gutter and learn about inclines and angles. Have them predict the optimal incline, where the ball rolls the fastest but does not fall off.

> Trace the blocks to make tessellations.

> Teach about balance. Use a board and a fulcrum. Talk about how to balance different size objects by moving them closer to or farther from the fulcrum.

> For young classes, teach concepts such as on top of, behind, underneath.

> Divide the number of rectangle blocks by the number of triangle blocks

> Build 3 separate towers and then find a way to connect them using the wooden toy blocks

> Make a stage with building blocks and perform on the stage ( maybe a puppet show)

> Build a structure, predict how many wooden blocks can be removed before the structure will fall

> Build a structure and calculate the surface area of the whole structure

> Learn about and then build a Roman aqueduct solely from wooden blocks.

> Have a Block Idea Book-put pictures of things children could build with blocks, also take pictures of what they have built. They love the examples of building projects and especially love seeing what they have created themselves.

> Have supply of small flags children can add to their wooden blocks castles and forts. Use a small amount of clay to add them to the top of a wooden building block building.

> Use electrical tape to make roads and use blocks to build bridges over the roads and buildings too. Add some matchbox cars and you’ve got a whole day of fun.