Kids Go Back To Blocks

From Classic Toys To New Twists, Kids Go Back To Blocks
June 19, 2013
http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/06/19/193514522/from-classic-toys-to-new-twists-kids-go-back-to-blocks

What would Maria Montessori or Friedrich Froebel think of Minecraft?
Montessori was quite a brilliant woman. I think she’d be very interested in what’s going on today,” Hewitt observes dryly. She was polite about Minecraft (“It just doesn’t have that sensory feeling for me”) but copped to a real fascination with new games that synthesize real blocks and with ones on screens.
For example, the inevitable Lego-Minecraft tie-in, or a math-based game, Building Blocks, that uses actual and virtual blocks.

But Hewitt believes the lesson of blocks is even more fundamental and powerful than exploring ideas of geometry, spatial relations, patterning and numbers.
When kids play with blocks, they’re beginning to build.

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