Why I love blocks
Our blocks were well used over the recent school holidays.
First we had dramatic play - blocks used as an essential element of a story.
Isabelle and Aidan combined their various interests and the result was "A Sylvanian Day with the Sith".
Here's a Sylvanian trying out Darth Maul's Sith speeder.
Isabelle took a number of photos that we printed out. She has written a story in draft and the photos will illustrate each page. I think the story is about Sylvanians in space going to the Sith lair for a day trip.
Later on, the children did some maths. I think it began with a question about whether there was a three-block, and if so, what it would be called. I said that there wasn't a single triple-unit block, but how could we make one?
Here's the result, with the quadruple block alongside.
Yes, my lounge floor usually does look like that. The construction to Aidan's left is some kind of gun - I forget which type. (He makes up different types of weapon according to different specifications and gets annoyed if I mistake an uzi for a double-barreled rifle etc, so I'm hesitant to give this one a name in his absence!).
Not long after, Aidan did some similar experiments with the quarter and half circles.
There was some other cool stuff going on too, but I've left it too long to remember the details. Blocks are cool.