2015-08-18 / Front Page

Parents, Children Invited To Community ‘Block Party’ On Tuesday, September 15

by Brooke Wilkinson
Extension Educator, Health and Human Sciences, Clay and Owen Counties

Purdue Extension-Owen County welcomes you and your children to a block party! This isn’t your typical block party with backyard barbequing and friendly get-togethers. This is a party where parents and caregivers can help children enjoy the world of blocks while also guiding their children’s early learning experiences by using blocks as the tools to support their development.

Playing with blocks can provide experiences where children learn math and science, new words and pre-reading skills, social skills, and physical skills. Through Block Party, parents and caregivers will learn how their children can learn these skills through block play. They will also be given tips on how to help their children develop these skills.

Did you know that preschoolers playing with large “loose parts” blocks demonstrated twice as much whole-body movement and four times as many early engineering behaviors as compared with play on a traditional playground? Also, parents who attended an Extensionsponsored Block Party reported a fourfold increase in their understanding of the value of block play and how to support their children’s play.

Block Party is for children ages eight months to eight years old with their parents/caregivers and will be offered on Tuesday, September 15, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Owen County Public Library, located at 10 South Montgomery Street in Spencer.

All families attending will receive their own package of blocks to continue block play at home!

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed for this event; however, if you do have any questions, please contact Brooke Wilkinson at the Purdue Extension Owen County office at 812-829-5020 or email wilkin31@purdue.edu.

If you need any reasonable accommodations to attend this program, please contact the office at 812- 829-5020.

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