The Block & Building Area is usually a place of hustle and bustle and should be placed in an area where it will not disturb other quiet activities like the library or reading area. There should be ample low shelving for materials that are clearly labeled so children are able to be responsible for returning materials on their own. A nice big rug in the area is useful to create a kind of boundary for this area. Often it is helpful to surround this area on three sides to discourage other children from walking through the area and disturbing the masterpieces in progress.
Special equipment for this area is usually not necessary other than shelving. Some nice pieces to have however are a low table for building with interlocking block type toys or for using with train construction sets.
Typical materials found in this area are a variety of blocks, toy cars, trucks, and toy vehicles, road signs, toy people, animals, and other props. Blocks can be made and purchased but must be checked for quality and safety. Cardboard boxes can be used to make large blocks, stuff them with newspaper and cover them with brown paper bags or other wrapping paper. Wood scraps that have been sanded smooth also make nice inexpensive blocks.
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