Daily Archives: January 30, 2012

Hands on

“The brain discovers what the fingers explore.”  – Matti Bergtrom

I love this quote – so accurate to the way in which children investigate, comprehend and assimilate the world they live in.

That’s why I’m so excited about the upcoming Block Extravaganza at The Parenting Place.  My mind has been very busy these days – “percolating” as I like to refer to it – about the preparations for this fun event.

I treasure the moments when I watch a child figuring things out – when she or he has forgotten about who’s watching or the need for someone to be watching and instead is working – in such a personally satisfying way. Then also there’s the  times when several children are building together – each one excited about their joint effort – learning to listen to each other, to problem solve, to share.

This is what can happen when children have the time and resources to build with blocks – to replicate their experiences, to rehearse new ones, to sort, build, imagine, connect and understand.

In today’s world where academic pressures are high on both children and parents to achieve, it is often these very fundamentals and simplicity that is overlooked, yet is actually the missing link, and the core on which to build.  Block construction play offers children (and adults) some of the highest play and learning value of any toy on the market.

Elizabeth S. Hirsch, editor of The Block Book wrote “The pleasure of blocks stems primarily from the esthetic experience. It involves the whole person – muscles and senses, intellect and emotion, individual growth and social interactions”.

Our Block Extravaganza will offer families this opportunity to enjoy this hands-on learning.  Block building stations will fill the room and, of course, in the true spirit of The Parenting Place’s fun nights – treats and a craft to extend the experience.  When you arrive, you’ll fill out your “building permits” and then the night is yours.

Parents come prepared to be on the floor with your children to play, notice and appreciate the hum of busy children working, hands-on.

“The brain discovers what the fingers explore.”


The Block Extravaganza is scheduled for Thursday evening February 16th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required.  Call now to make sure you reserve a spot.  For more info or to register, contact Fran at 784-8125.

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