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Once upon a time...

Posted by: Rhonda October 25, 2013

Did you know that Goldilocks made goat curry and fed it to the Troll so he would let her over the bridge? 

I didn’t either until a colleague introduced me to the idea of using unit blocks to enhance storytelling.  Because of the versatility of blocks the stories that developed at our circle time exploded with creativity and unexpected plots. Imagine what happened when the Troll ate the spicy hot curry. (He “gasped for air and fell backward with a huge splash!")

For starters try this:  Pick a large and small cylinder from your block shelf and begin telling the story of "Little Red Riding Hood.” With their inborn imagination the children know immediately which is the mother and which the daughter.  Someone is sure to pick out a good scary shape for the wolf. Children readily imagine detail so there’s no limit to the stories you can tell with one set of blocks. And there’s no limit to the ways you can use blocks to enhance learning.  We’d love to hear how you use blocks in your curriculum. Share your story

P.S. For another great resource on unit block play be sure to watch our Foundations video.