What are Unit Blocks?
The basic unit block is a large rectangle (red block), which is equal to two medium square units (yellow blocks). Two small rectangles (blue blocks) are equal to a medium square unit or four small rectangles equal a long rectangle.
Why Use Unit Blocks?
Perceptual, motor, and memory skills are developed through unit block play. Unit blocks can be used to teach many basic math and science skills.
Children of any age or skill level can use unit blocks successfully, because there is no wrong way to build or create with them.
Playing with unit blocks increases your children’s attention span and level of concentration.
Playing cooperatively with unit blocks teaches teamwork and responsible social behavior.
Unit Blocks and Divergent Thinking
Divergent thinkers are people who know there is more than one answer to a question and many ways to solve a problem. Using open-ended materials, such as unit blocks, will get your children thinking in this way. Dealing with the challenges of block building makes the “wheels turn” in their heads, giving them infinite possibilities for improvising or creating. When something does not balance or look right to them, they will try constructing it in a new and different way. By exploring and discovering what works and what does not work while they play with unit blocks, your children are doing hands-on problem solving and becoming divergent thinkers.
Unit Blocks and Perceptual Skills
Perceptual skills lay the foundation for reading, writing, math, and science. These skills include eye-hand coordination, matching, sorting, estimating space, observing, and comparing. Your children practice eye-hand coordination and matching as they sort and pile up different shapes and sizes of blocks and use the blocks to build. They will begin to notice differences between blocks as they compare, sort, and match them. As the children build, they will develop and practice their spatial skills, making mental and visual estimates of space and deciding which blocks they need next to continue building their structures.
Unit Blocks and Science
The basis of scientific thinking is to observe, hypothesize or wonder what might happen if you did a particular thing, try out your hypothesis, discover what happens, and share with others what you learned. ImagiBRICKSä Giant Building Blocks encourage children to do just that.