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Block Play at TCPL
If you've come into the library in the past couple of months you might have noticed some new items out in the Children's Room. Over the summer we added lots and lots of blocks and building toys at the Main Library and at each of the branch libraries.
|Full STEAM Ahead: Build It!
Join an educator from the Children's Museum of Easton on Saturday, April 23rd at 10;00 am for engineering fun with Build It!
No registration required, recommended for families with children in preschool or above. For more information, click the link at the top.
Blocks are lots of fun to play with for kids of all ages, but did you know there’s more to it than just fun? Kids gain a wide variety of skills through block play, so while they’re having a good time, they’re also learning. Just stacking blocks on top of each other encourages motor skills and spatial awareness - key skills for later on in life. Beyond that, blocks encourage imagination, cooperation, experimentation and more!
There is plenty for young children to do with blocks, but older kids can have fun with them also. After all, Lego and Minecraft are basically block play too! So what have we added to the Children's Room and branch libraries?
- Soft rubber blocks for babies at Adams Shore and Wollaston
- Big foam blocks at North Quincy and the Main Library
- Smaller foam blocks at the three branch libraries and wooden blocks at the Main Library
- Duplo and Lego-like blocks at the Main Library
- 3-D Magnet builders at Wollaston and the Main Library
- Nut and Bolt building set at Adams Shore
While you may not see every item out all the time, check back to see what we swap in and out.
Come on in to any of the Thomas Crane Public Library locations and build something! For more information on the importance of block play and what children can gain from it, take a look at these resources:
- 10 Things Children Can Learn from Block Play
- All About Blocks
- The Importance of Block Play for Preschool Children
- Blocks of Fun! 44 Block Activities for Preschoolers