Fit the blocks in the box: a building block challenge.
The other day, I piled a bunch of wooden blocks into a small thrift-shop tray to take them upstairs for the baby to play with, and as I wiggled the blocks around to get them to all fit, the idea for this building block challenge came to me.
Provide your child with a tray, box or box lid, and a generous pile of blocks, and challenge them to completely fill the tray with the blocks, until there is no empty space left in the tray. It sounds easy, but it’s actually trickier than you think.
For a young child, you can provide them with much smaller box or container and just a few blocks.
If you don’t have a box or tray to make this work, try making a floor puzzle like the one over at Hands On: As We Grow.
I tried it myself, filling the tray to the max before giving it to the hooligans , and I totally loved it. It was fun – kind of like doing a jigsaw puzzle. Almost therapeutic. And it really was a challenge. It probably took me about 20 minutes to get the perfect configuration of blocks.
When I presented it to the hooligans, I took several blocks out, and asked them if they could make them fit back into the tray. I think they were a little too young to really grasp the concept, but they had fun re-arranging the blocks..
And even more fun taking the blocks all OUT of the tray to make a city on the car-mat with them.
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As always, all photos for this post were shot with my Canon Rebel XS.