Blocks are many toddlers favorites so we decided to make up some fun activities to do with blocks. They often get bored with just building and stacking so I incorporated some playful learning.
Learning shapes and colors with blocks.
I traced each block on the color paper that matched the block color and had my toddlers match the blocks to the shapes and colors on the paper.
I also had the toddlers do color sorting using the same sheets of paper and the colorful blocks.
The next activity was taking our language cards and having the toddlers use the small wooden blocks with letters to spell out the pictures name.
We used Dog for an example. The toddlers told me what they saw on the card and the sound the animal made. I then told them how to spell dog using the blocks and pointing to the letters on the paper. I then had the toddlers place the blocks on the paper, on its correct letter.
Another activity that is similar to the language cards is using pictures of familiar people or places. I am trying to encourage language in our group so I used pictures of the mom, a baby, and their babysitter.
Our last activity was mostly a free play activity. We were learning about animals so I had the toddlers make a zoo. With little assistance from me they created the setting using the blocks and then placed their animals. This was a lot of fun.