The challenge for today was all about blocks! Lately, our favorite way to play with blocks is to use them to build scenes for imaginary play. It is usually elaborate houses with custom block furniture, but today R said he'd like to build a zoo instead.
We gathered some of his wooden blocks and accessories, along with a ton of his animals and started working on top of his train table. It might not look all that elaborate, and it might even appear as though the blocks didn't play an important role, but looks would be deceiving. I lost track of how many times he arranged and rearranged the blocks to build different enclosures for the animals. These pictures of the end result look nothing like the zoo we started out building. We would build something, only to realize there wasn't a path for the people to walk on to look at all of the enclosures. We would rearrange the blocks to put paths in between them, only to realize that the animals looked lonely and wanted more room. We combined habitats. We decorated habitats. We used arched blocks and cylindrical blocks as toys for the animals. We also broke out the play food and talked about what each of the animals liked to eat.
My favorite habitat was probably the monkeys. Look at the "Barrel of Monkeys" monkeys hanging from our trees. Ha!
What is your family's favorite way to play with blocks?