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Simple and effective: wooden blocks

This blog is the first of a fortnightly instalment focusing on different products, how they benefit a child in terms of the EYFS/Foundation Phase and activity suggestions that can be adapted and developed depending on the age of the child.

These natural pieces of wood cut from branches and supplied in uniform shapes. Available in a pack of 40, these blocks can be used inside and outside targeting key areas of the EYFS and Foundation phase using simple but effective activities.

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Activity ideas:

1. Movement and exploring 

Take circular pieces of wood and discuss the circle shape. Within a large space, let the children take turns rolling the wood across the floor and see how far they can get. As a second stage you could let the children create a ramp from the flat rectangular wooden pieces.

EYFS: Physical development, personal, social and emotional development, expressive arts and design.
Foundation Phase: Physical development, personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity, welsh language development, creative development.

2. Large letters and shapes

Using the wooden pieces, let the children take turns creating large letters on the floor and sound out the letter with the children. It may be the letter of the week, a common shape such as a square or circle, a child’s initial or a W for wood.

EYFS: Personal, social and emotional development, literacy, expressive arts and design.
Foundation Phase: Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity, language, literacy and communication skills, welsh language development, creative development.

3. Wooden path in the garden

Create a wooden pathway that the children can walk on across the room or garden. Then encourage counting as they jump. This will boost motor skills, build their confidence and improve their counting skills.

EYFS: Physical development, personal, social and emotional development, mathematics.
Foundation Phase: Physical development, personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity, mathematical development.

4. Texture tray 

Create a simple texture box or tray, use the wooden blocks and combine with different natural materials; leaves, sticks, mud, sand, colour tissue paper and let the children play and explore.

EYFSPhysical development, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world, expressive arts and design.
Foundation Phase: Physical development, personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity, knowledge and understanding of the world, creative development.

5. Shape matching

Trace the wooden block shapes onto a large piece of paper and then get the children to match the shapes to the paper shapes. This will work on improving shape recognition and focus. You could also work colours into the activity by painting the wood and paper shapes the same colour and ask the children to match the colours.

EYFS: Communication and language, physical development, mathematics.
Foundation Phase: Physical development, language, literacy and communication skills, mathematical development, welsh language development.

6. Wall building

Let the children play independently, encouraging them to build towers and walls, letting their imagination take over. For added fun combine the tower and wall building with play dough to use as ‘cement’ for brick laying fun!

EYFS: Physical development, understanding the world, expressive arts and design. 
Foundation Phase: Physical development, knowledge and understanding of the world, creative development.

7. Messy play

Take the blocks and dip them in different coloured paints, allowing the children to print on paper. Talk about the colours, shapes and textures of what they are doing to enable communication and imagination.

EYFS: Communication and language, mathematics, expressive arts and design.
Foundation Phase: Language, literacy and communication skills, mathematical development, welsh language development, creative development.

If you have any other suggestions for activity ideas we would love to hear from you!

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