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Veronika is old enough that today I thought I’d test if she was ready to build blocks up, not focus on knocking them down.

Whether you have a classic wooden set of blocks or foam ones, or something in between, blocks are a toy that never goes out of style, and they are so fantastic for children’s development. Today we mixed her foam set (consisting of multiple shapes) and added in a few wooden square blocks.

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I handed her a block and mimicked placing it on top of another to start a tower. To my delight, she was game to build!

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Her towers never made it more than three high before the temptation to knock over was too great, but any building at all was a definite first.

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Since she’s older, we also worked on some learning concepts with the blocks. First I sorted them by color…

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…and then by shape.

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You can add in new vocab, too, perhaps “straight” or “pointy”.

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She really loved inserting circular blocks into the holes of square ones, which I loved watching.

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As a final element to today’s play, I introduced the notion of imagination. What if our blocks weren’t blocks but… cars? I made one go “vroom vroom” along her play mat and she immediately took me up on the idea, running a block back and forth.

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How about a choo choo train? She loved this version, too.

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I can’t wait to see what she builds or imagines in the future, whether her blocks become mountains or castles, animals in a pen or something else entirely.

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