Construction, Literacy and Stuart Little

To follow up on my last blog on building blocks, construction and literacy, here is an image of my most favorite, well-worn first edition of Stuart Little that I recently found stuffed in a box in my cabin in East Corinth, Vermont. A country cousin of Stuart had...

Construction and Literacy

I realize that this is a bit of a stretch but I immediately thought about the connection between young children’s block play (construction) and the development of literacy. The impulse to take modular forms and stack them or make patterns is common among young...

Rube Goldberg-Like Inventions

These Rube Goldberg-like inventions, although more complex, remind me of some of the machine constructions by young children that work with cause and effect. The “story” behind the children’s “machines” are often very detailed and carefully developed and, like Rube’s...