Play promotes: significant mental and cognitive skills, facilitates divergent and convergent thinking, assists communication, language, literacy development, creativity and cultural benefits. Play promotes physical-motor development, play encourages positive emotional development, and play allows children to develop into social human beings. Good play strengthens skills and deepens understanding of concepts.
Building Blocks indoor environment includes:
* Age appropriate toys and equipment
* A variety of toys and activities
* Manipulative area
* Dramatic play area
* Block area
* Book area
* Quiet and Active areas
Children are exposed daily to:
* Science and nature
* Free play
* Hands on learning
Children develop these skills daily:
* Social Emotional
* Making choices
* Problem solving
All activities are adjusted to fit the needs of the individual child.
Building Blocks provides four fenced and shaded play areas for every age group. The playgrounds are located behind the building in a big open grassy area. Since we are located in a farming community, the children have views of apple orchards and fields. Each play area provides age appropriate equipment and activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. In 2016 we upgraded and enlarged our playgrounds to provide our children with bike paths, tricycles, climbing structures, slides, tunnels, sand boxes, music, and sensory gardens.
Every spring, the children help plant a garden. They help take care and harvest the garden during the summer months. Children enjoy watching their plants grow and tasting the different vegetables.
In the summer, children have water play at least once a week in our back field.
Building Blocks has an elementary sized gymnasium for use during inclement weather. Children still get their hour of physical, active play daily no matter what the weather.
Here are Building Blocks we are pet friendly. Multiple classrooms have their own pets such as Guinea Pigs, Gerbils, Worm Farms, and community fish tanks. We teach the children how to care for the pets and how to safely handle them. The kids get to watch and interact with our pets daily.
1411 East 1850 Road Lawrence, KS 66046