The Developmental Benefits of Block Play for Children

Date of Publishing:   

01 July, 2023


Daily Living and Independence



Unlocking Creativity and Development: The Significance of Block Play in Children's Growth

Block play can boost children's development. Block play offers an open-ended, creative and valuable play and learning experience available to every setting. It offers children freedom - to explore, take apart and put back together any block- based on the creation they can think of. 

Here are some aspects of learning that can expect a boost: 

  1. Imagination Unleashed - Through block play children are free to follow their own ideas as they embark on a voyage of discovery or Share in the development of their friends' creations. 
  2. Self-Expression and Communication - Children are able to express themselves through their play, creations and discoveries - a form of communication that's particularly valuable for bilingual or nonverbal children. 
  3. Developing Problem-Solving Skills - Blocks offer a great platform to develop problem-solving and reasoning skills. This can be deliberate, with children consciously working to develop a solution, or as a natural consequence of play, as they learn first-hand what does and doesn't work.
  4. Mathematical Exploration - Due to the many shapes, sizes and colors on offer, blocks offer ample opportunity for children to practice important math skills, covering measurement, number, symmetry, balance and estimation. By comparing shapes and sizes, creating patterns or providing measuring and weighing tools, we can extend play and exploration. 
  5. Physical Development - Block play promotes the development of spatial awareness and develops hand-eye coordination as children reach for, lift, move and build with blocks, strengthening their fingers, hands and arms. 
  6. Benefits for Babies - Block play is a simple yet effective form of play that can significantly help the development of your child from a young age. Block play is not limited to older children. Understand how introducing soft, age-appropriate blocks to babies contributes to strength child development, tactile awareness, and lays the foundation for crucial milestones like crawling and walking.

Block play can also be beneficial for babies, especially if they are made of safe, non- toxic materials that meet the relevant child safety standards. Block play can encourage babies to develop strength in their hands, and even just develop an understanding that they can touch and hold things.

In particular, block play can be good for babies in enabling their attention span to increase. This may not seem like much, but for the development of a baby, it can be significant because the increased attention span can help with alternative development activities such as learning to feed, crawl and walk.


Q: At what age can children start engaging in block play?

A: Children can begin exploring block play as early as infancy, with age-appropriate blocks that are safe and non-toxic. As they grow, their block play experiences evolve, supporting their development through various stages of childhood.

Q: How can parents encourage block play at home?

A: Parents can foster block play by providing a variety of blocks in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Creating a designated block play area and joining in the play can also encourage children's engagement and creativity.

Q: What are the educational benefits of block play in early childhood settings?

A: Block play enhances children's cognitive, social, and physical development. It promotes problem-solving skills, encourages collaboration and communication, and lays the foundation for mathematical concepts and spatial reasoning.

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