Smart Monkey Toys

Smart Monkey Toys
P.O. Box 1371
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

Toll Free: 866-387-5610

Fax: 715-712-1313

Amazing things happen when
you put small children in front of
a pile of ImagiBRICKS TM .
They see endless possibilities.

“Endless Possiblities”
A pirate ship to sail the seas
A castle strong and mighty
A bumpy bus with plastic keys
A kitchen clean and tidy

A tower high protects the troops
A race car sleek and quick
A horse coral and chicken coops
All built from cardboard bricks

Trisha Lee Shappie

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Unit Blocks

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.



Smart Monkey Toys Products are 100% made in USA and Recycled Material Smart Monkey Blocks