Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Using Blocks to Develop Pattern Recognition

Pattern recognition and completion is an important skill and activity for young children, as well as an important part of early childhood education.

Use any blocks at home to make patterns and ask the child to add the next piece.  Blocks are great as they allow you to build vertically in addition to the regular left to right pattern.

If you are using connecting blocks, you can also encourage counting by offsetting the blocks.  This encourages thinking beyond a straight line.

Please let us know how you enjoyed this activity in the comments below or share your pictures of patterns on facebook.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Developing Spatial Reasoning with Gum Drops and Pretzel Sticks

In this month’s BLAST we explore construction of two- and three-dimensional shapes.  You can expand upon the spatial reasoning activities included in this lesson by building geometrical figures with gum drops and pretzel sticks. Here are some fun shapes we made while playing:

These are some suggestions of shapes to start with but let your child’s imagination be the guide!

* square
* pentagon
* cube
* pyramid
* house

We can’t wait to hear what figures you made! Leave a comment below or post a picture to our facebook page to show us your child’s creativity. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blocks - A Time to Play and Learn

Children at a young age have a difficult time seeing where blocks go in relationship to each other.  To help teach this spatial reasoning, or envisioning block placement, parents and caregivers should provide time to play with blocks.<  Preschoolers who build with blocks and play with puzzles improve their spatial reason skills.  These skills are a direct correlation to math readiness from counting to adding and subtracting as well as basic geometry.  LittleBLASTS, provides hands-on activities that engage preschoolers in spatial construction and puzzle play.
To read more about spatial reasoning and block play, go here.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Free Shipping Coupon for littleBLAST for November

littleBLAST is offering FREE SHIPPING on any BLAST ordered through December 1st.  Use the coupon code FREESHIP at checkout.  So click on over and check out the latest Construction BLAST and get it shipped to you for free.

The Importance of Spatial Reasoning Development in Young Children

Spatial reasoning is the ability to deal with objects in 2-D or 3-D, for example, to look at a building blueprint and visualize the completed building.  Spatial reasoning skill development in young children, such as understanding how to reconstruct recognizable objects from shapes, has been shown to improve a child’s geometry and arithmetic ability, particularly number line knowledge.  Furthermore, spatial reasoning also improves skills such as reading maps, graphs, and diagrams later in life.  Our construction BLAST, includes activities to develop spatial reasoning in several creative ways.

To learn more about the advantages of developing spatial reasoning and its relation to numbers go here

Friday, November 8, 2013

Welcome to the little BLAST blog

Welcome to the littleBLAST blog. On this site, we will provide parents and caregivers fun ideas and activities to do with their preschool aged child. In addition, we will provide links to interesting articles related to and supporting preschool math and science learning. We hope you will enjoy this blog!