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Un-Toys: Unusual Building Blocks

Un-Toys: Unusual Building Blocks

What is an “Un-Toy”? At 4C Play & Learn we refer to things that most people have around the house that can be turned into play materials as “Un-Toys”. These inexpensive items can provide hours of fun for children while they practice important developmental skills. This month: Unusual Building Blocks

Materials
Anything you have around the house that can be stacked, for instance:
Recycled pieces used in electronics and appliance packaging
Cosmetic sponges
Tubes of varying sizes
Material scraps
Large stones
Small boxes
Scraps of wood

Instructions
Provide the materials and encourage your child to stack, build, and create
Variation: add small dolls, action figures, plastic animals, etc. to the building pieces

Develops
Eye hand coordination-adding another block takes precise movements
Math concepts like quantity and counting
Basic physics concepts like force, gravity, and balance
Problem solving-the tower fell down- what can I do differently next time?
Persistence-how to stick with an idea until it is finished

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