Beginning Block Building

Good activity for observing kid's skills.



Children between the ages of 3 and 4 can try to imitate or initiate the building of a bridge with three blocks, and imitate placement of four blocks to enclose a space. Cog. IIID
Children between the ages of 2 ½ to 3 can name the block structure as being a bridge, bed, track, etc. Cog. IV A
From ages 2-2 ½, children can place blocks in row horizontally on the floor or vertically by stacking. Cog. IIID
And from ages 1 ½-2 years, the children can build a tower out of 6-9 blocks. FM I


Small, 1" square colored blocks.


1. Seat children around a table with elbow room between each child. Give each child 8-10 colored blocks to play with. Teacher will describe as well as demonstrate the individual building activities. 

2. Encourage children to imitate the following structures; 

- blocks placed in a row horizontally like a train. 

- an enclosed space using four blocks 

- A bridge using 3 blocks. 

- a 3-dimensional structure like a house, car, etc. 

After simple imitation of above, let the children use their own imaginations in building. Encourage labeling of structures. 

3. Use this activity as an introduction to more elaborate block building activities. Repeat this project several times as well as having blocks available daily for the children to experiment with.