Benefits of Block Play
Research has shown that block pay can contribute to literacy, social development, learning about art, innovative thinking, spatial knowledge, and graphic skill in writing and drawing.
In fact, a research study in 2001 (Macdonald) listed 29 mathematical and 20 scientific concepts that children can develop through block play. Another study found that children’s block play performance in a preschool is a predictor of mathematics achievement and reading abilities in middle school and high school (Wolfgang, Standard & Jones, 2001).
So What Does This Mean?
We all need to become “block building advocates” supporting block play by asking the right questions, providing varied block materials, and planning age-appropriate block activities.
Our Cork Blocks
Cork material is soft and soothing for children, providing them with a unique sensory experience. Sensory play is important to brain development because it can strengthen sensory-related synapses and functions. Cork's unique texture also allows children to build at an angle and create leaning structures, supporting more imaginative play and deeper spatial awareness.