Block Play and Learning

The relationship between children's block play and learning has a long and distinguished history, beginning in the late 17th century with John Locke's concept of the "alphabet block" that combined learning and play and continuing into the 19th and 20th century with educators such as Friedrich Froebel, Maria Montessori, and Carolyn Pratt. Extensive research has shown that block play provides a rich learning context for young children's social development, physical knowledge, language acquisition, mathematical concepts, and creative thinking.

Blocks As a Tool for Learning: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective/Karen Hewitt
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