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Creative Block Play: A Comprehensive Guide to Learning through Building

Creative Block Play: A Comprehensive Guide to Learning through Building

Author: Rosanne Regan Hansel
Product Code: 544458
ISBN: 978-1-60554-445-8
Publisher: Redleaf Press®
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Published by Redleaf Press free sample Creative Block Play

Learning through building

Blocks are a classic toy that never stop challenging, stimulating, and engaging young children’s learning. This book provides the guidance and inspiration to use blocks to teach 21st century skills and encourage development in a variety of domains.
Learn how to:
  • Set-up an inviting place to learn and create with blocks
  • Inspire and extend construction with unexpected materials
  • Support and encourage children during exploration with blocks
  • Guide deeper engagement

Full of photos and stories that illustrate block play in real classrooms.

Age focus: 2–8.

Softbound, 200 pgs.
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Review: American Journal of Play - September 11, 2017
“This all-inclusive manual to learning through building addresses how children’s free and spontaneous block play can foster such twenty-first-century skills as initiative, persistence, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration while also encouraging creativity and aesthetic awareness. Hansel’s ideas are both informative and inspiring, making the book an invaluable resource for any adult wanting to expand the learning inherent in block play.”
Review: School Library Journal - February 13, 2017
An essential resource, Creative Block Play by educator Rosanne Regan Hansel, provides everything teachers and caregivers need to know about the benefits of block play along with pointers for scaffolding children’s exploration . . . Throughout, crisp color photos highlight the expansive creativity, deep concentration, and obvious joy of young children at work and play.
Review: Midwest Book Review, The Education Shelf - November 17, 2016
Creative Block Play should be in any early learning collection . . . From organizing a block area and showing kids how to creatively handle loose parts to understanding various stages of block play, Creative Block Play takes a relatively simple play tool and provides new connections to learning.” 
Review: Library Journal - October 21, 2016
"Hansel supplies a wealth of instructional ideas for block play that correlate to topics such as transportation, travel, and world culture. [CREATIVE BLOCK PLAY] should be on every early childhood educator’s bookshelf.
Review: The Education Shelf, Library Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review - October 14, 2016
Creative Block Play is profusely enhanced with photos that illustrate block play in real classrooms and stories contributed by teachers who have successfully used block play to encourage children's development in a variety of domains. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, Creative Block Play is enthusiastically recommended for college and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
Review by: Dr. Janis Strasser, William Paterson University - July 22, 2016
It addresses the importance of block building in all domains of learning and a variety of environments, with much information about documentation, theory and practice, references to STEAM, the role of the adult in block play, and so much more. It was so enjoyable to read that I read the entire book in one sitting! It made me want to sit down and build.
Review by: Karen Worth, Wheelock College - July 7, 2016
Creative Block Play is a book for practitioners. With considerable skill Roseanne Regan Hansel draws from her extensive knowledge and experience in early childhood teaching and leaning to provide both theoretical background and practical guidance for early childhood teachers on using blocks in the classroom. But this is more than a book about block building as the title subtly implies. It is a book about the importance of children’s play and the inventiveness, creativity, and joyful learning that happen when adults provide the appropriate environment, materials, and guidance. Blocks are featured but the book invites the reader to consider many ways blocks are used by children, and the many other materials that can elaborate and extend children’s ideas. Wonderfully integrated throughout the book are pictures and brief vignettes of real classrooms, culminating in Chapter 5 in which 5 stories illustrate what the book is about and what creative block building really looks like.
Review by: Susan Engel, Williams College - June 24, 2016
Rosanne Hansel has written a terrific book. Hansel offers one great idea after another - from the most practical tips on arranging the block corner, to creative suggestions for enriching and guiding children’s play, all the while conveying important and subtle ideas about child development. Any teacher who reads this book will come away brimming with new plans for the classroom and an enriched understanding of the role of play in children’s education
Review by: Karen Nemeth, Language Castle LLC - June 21, 2016
Creative Block Play presents an amazing new look at explorations with blocks. It is both sophisticated and playful. This easy to use book is filled with information, stories and images that will inspire any teacher’s imagination. This is a great resource for a college course or for a teacher’s professional collection. I highly recommend it!

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