I’m a “How I Met Your Mother” fan. When E and K were born, some very sweet friends gave me the series on DVD. I’m still yet to watch the latest season that has been released on DVD. I save my viewing times to when I have to fold mountains of laundry on a Friday night with my husband – – – ha ha ha – our date nights have morphed a bit over the last few years. Anyway… all that to say, Ted from the series is an architect and he has me wondering if there are tell-tale signs of a kid destined to be an architect. I wonder if building blocks are a favourite toy perhaps?

When it comes to play, building block towers is classic KISS (keep it short and simple). Don’t let the simplicity of building block towers deceive you though – it’s fantastic for building up fine motor skills.

It’s great practise for:

Using both hands together

Precision placement

Radial digital grasp – (grasping an object with the thumb, index and middle fingers without the use of the palm).

Here are some ways to extend the play:

  • Have races against each other, trying to be first to build a tower of 10 blocks
  • Build towers with eyes shut. Locate the blocks and then orient and place blocks with eyes closed throughout.

Check out other Short & Simple play ideas.

N & M: 3 years, 8 months
E: 1 year, 7 months

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