Have a variety of shape blocks. Ask the child what she wants to build. Provide suggestions if needed (e.g., an airport, farm, zoo, town, etc.). Play with the child as a play partner.
Add on to what the child is building to suggest new ideas that might require different shapes. “I need a top for my window.” “What blocks do we need to build a tower?”
The child will build in all directions, even if there is no representational intent.
Children at this level are experimenting with space in their constructions. Encourage parents to help children explore the options with blocks or other materials from around the home. Canned foods can be stacked, lined up, etc. Empty boxes can become blocks. Experimenting with real objects helps children translate what they learn from blocks to the real world.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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