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I can’t say enough about the importance of building block play. Like me, Learning Materials Workshop knows that children need blocks to explore, invent, represent, design, and imagine.
President of Learning Materials Workshop, designer and educator, Karen Hewitt of Vermont, U.S.A., creates play objects for children and designed these most fantastic colorful, wooden triangular blocks called Villetta blocks. She believes in open-ended play (AMEN!) and using play to inspire fantasy and form-making.
We do, too. And we love her beautifully crafted building blocks!
When Karen sent us the Villetta blocks to try, we shared them with our friends who have two boys ages 3 and 5, and together the kids played and created with much delight. (And I just couldn’t resist the above photo with the nose-picking! he, he)
The Villetta blocks include 12 natural and 12 colored wood prisms.
Learning Materials Workshop is the U.S. distributor for Reggio Emilia publications and they distribute the Reggio Emilia (preschool) books, DVDs, and videos. To learn more about Reggio Emilia, visit Learning Materials Workshop. You also might like this NY Times article, How to Use Blocks to Teach.
Learning Materials Workshop is offering Imagination Soup readers the chance to win a $29.99 Villetta Block Set.
To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below by December 8, 2011, midnight MST. By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to Imagination Soup’s official sweepstakes rules. No purchase necessary. Open to individuals in U.S. only, 18 years of age or older, void where prohibited.
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