Letting children explore their world through block play is an important part of their growth and development.
Providing appropriate options for different ages is also very important, as you want to make sure the toys are age appropriate.
Below are some questions and answers
that may be helpful with setting up block play in your classroom.
Question: How do you handle infants that want to share blocks that they have already put into their mouths? I want to encourage them to interact, but don’t want to upset their parents by having them spread germs.
Answer: As I’m sure you know, sanitation is an ongoing struggle in the infant/toddler classroom. You will want to be sure that you are following licensing guidelines for sanitizing. However, you will also want to encourage positive social interaction with the children in your care. If parents get upset, reassure them that you are doing your best to prevent the spread of germs while still allowing for normal interaction between children.
Question: Can blocks be choking hazards?
Answer: As with all things, you should exercise caution in providing new play materials of any kind to children. Be sure to provide materials that are not choking hazards and to always supervise children of all ages when using the provided blocks.
Question: Where can I find more information on block play to share with my co-workers?
Answer: You can absolutely refer your coworkers to the optional resources that we provided in the training or encourage them to enroll in this course as well. In addition to this, we have a resource website at www.lessons4learners.com that you may wish to share with them.
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