Discover Countless Ways To Play
  • 9 MONTHS AND UP: Place a piece slightly out of reach, and encourage the child to reach and grasp to pull it near.

  • Hand the child a piece to touch and hold. Demonstrate how to pass an object from hand to hand.

  • Make a tower of blocks and invite the child to knock it down.

  • Identify different pictures on the blocks, encouraging the child to pat each block as you point to its picture.

  • 12 MONTHS AND UP: Ask the child to try to stack the blocks.

  • Ask the child to hold two blocks and knock them together.

  • Help the child identify the different colors on the blocks. Say a color name aloud and help the child point to a block with that color.

  • Line up the blocks in a row and count them aloud. Ask the child to pat them along with you as you count.

  • 18 MONTHS AND UP: Encourage the child to stack the blocks into a tower.

  • Help the child pair the blocks to make different vehicles and animals.

  • Open and close the flaps as you tell a story about each before-and-after pair. Talk about the changes in each sequence and encourage the child to point to key details.

  • Help the child identify the different shapes on the blocks.

  • OLDER TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS: Name a color or pattern and ask the child to point to all the pieces that fit the group.

  • Match a counting quantity with the numeral it goes with. Count the items in the group aloud, along with the child.

  • Arrange the blocks on the play surface so that all the pictures in one category (shapes, objects, counting groups) are facing up. Help the child identify each of the illustrations.

  • Help the child to arrange the blocks to complete the puzzle picture of a Ferris wheel.

  • Encourage the child to get creative in building towers, houses, bridges, and more.