The Monticello Union Township Public Library will be hosting a Block Party on Tuesday, April 8th beginning at 6:00 p.m. Block Party events are times of free play with blocks of all sizes for families and their children ages 8 months to 8 years.
Block Party events provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact and play with their children while learning how they can help them to develop a variety of skills through block play.
Five stations are set up, each with a different set of blocks that aids the children in learning a specific skill. Parents/caregivers are provided with tips and information on how they can help their child or children develop each skill to the best of their ability.
Benefits of Block Play
Research has shown that through block play children can learn a variety of skills such as math, science, social physical, new words, pre-reading, creative and problem solving skills. Research has also shown that:
- Early block play provides aptitude and achievement differences by 7th grade and into high school.
- Dramatic (pretend) play predicts greater vocabulary growth in young children.
- Through play children learn to share, take turns, and negotiate.
- Block play teaches impulse control. This control predicts better school performance and less problem behaviors later.
- Young children who hear more words learn more words. Early vocabulary growth predicts later reading achievement in school.
If you are interested in attending, please contact the library at (574)583- 5643 or Purdue Extension – White County Office at (219)984-5115. Registration is preferred but not required. There is no cost for this program and there are big benefits to be gained for your children by attending.