Block Play for Infants and Toddlers (ECE)

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2 Clock Hour of Early Childhood Education

Washington DCYF MERIT Training

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Block Play for Infants and Toddlers

2 Clock Hour of Early Childhood Education
Infants and toddlers use blocks commonly throughout their development. They stack them high and stack them low, knock them over, sort them and more. What’s surprising to some is that this is actually a scientific exploration that gives children STEM-related knowledge and discoveries. Block play is a lesson in cognitive, physical, motor, social and emotional development. It gives infants and toddlers the opportunity to hypothesize, experiment, analyze data and come to conclusions to use as stepping stones to further their STEM exploration. Furthermore, caregivers who are aware of these stepping stones and assist in the child’s development are furthering their STEM exposure and skill.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze infant and toddler block play examples for developmentally appropriate STEM support.
  • Discuss the caregiver’s role in supporting STEM for infants and toddlers
  • Identify what STEM stands for
  • Select proper examples of infant and toddler block play
  • Analyze the different categories of STEM instruction

Washington STARS credit: Program Planning and Development (2 hours)

Unit 5: Maintaining an Effective Program Operation (2 hours)

  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool
  • Family Child Care (Mixed-Age)

​Successful Solutions Training in Child Development is a MERIT registered training organization.  

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    Posted by Carol on 3rd Feb 2016

    This course taught me just how important block play is for infants and toddlers and how much learning is going on.