Block Center

The block center provides an opportunity not only for imaginative play, but also for experimenting with math concepts. Children may design a zoo one day and then construct a symmetric apartment building the next. With a well-stocked block area, teachers can refer to books or photos of earlier structures to inspire children’s creativity. Using the writing materials, teachers model how to create plans or make signs for their creations. Observe and listen to the children before commenting about what you see. Our goal is to open the door for conversation, but let the children drive it. Materials


  • Unit blocks
  • Hollow blocks
  • Vehicles
  • Road signs
  • Variety of animals
  • Variety of people
  • Found materials (cartons, boxes, tubes, etc.)
  • Labeled storage (photo + text)
  • Writing materials
  • Related books