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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fun Blocks

Fun Ideas using Blocks

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Today I will share some ideas I came up with for using blocks as a learning tool. I was at a Target store and I came across these chalkboard blocks. 
Immediately, I knew I could use the blocks for many engaging and educational activities. I will share them with you and hopefully you will also find then useful and fun!

1.      Use the blocks for helping children to count in Spanish or the target language:
 Kids love manipulative play activities!  Have kids build a tower while counting in the target language from 1 to 10.  
 Challenge students to build the tower as high as they can without it falling. A good number is up to ten but if they can go higher, great!

You can do variation by having children build towers counting by two’s, by five’s or by ten’s depending on your child’s level or grade.
2.      Use the blocks for forming words:
This is another great activity for manipulative play. Children are engage forming words in the target language. Using your God given creativity, you can come up with lots of ideas on games for forming words with the blocks.
3.      Use the blocks for teaching the alphabet and syllables in the target language. Great for creating phonological awareness. 
4.      Story cube games:  Use them  for creative language development by allowing and encouraging children to create their own stories. 
For older children you can play conjugation games by gluing different actions on the cubes for students to conjugate. For this activity check out my previous post Conjugation Cubes
The uses are endless! They can be use for teaching, reinforcement and practicing vocabulary, shapes, actions, instruments, animals, any subject you could think of.
If you are wondering how I made the numbers, letters and so on for the cubes, I created the numbers, letters, etc. and using the Xyron Creative Station,  I made stickers and glued them on the blocks!
The box the chalkboard blocks came in did not have the dimensions so I measured them and they are 1.5 inch in width, length and height.
If you are able to get or purchase the chalkboard blocks and would like to use the same numbers, letters, etc, that I used, just contact me at: and I will gladly send it to you free of charge!
If you don’t have available a sticker machine you could use two sided tape. Not sure how it would stick but you can always give it a try! if you are unable to find the same kind of blocks, I found these other blocks on Amazon. You can check them out here.

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