Blocks are a universal play object. Children play and communicate through blocks – they are not language or culturally based, at least those without out letters or pictures.  Blocks are a powerful, open-ended material for the exchange of ideas. Looking at the demographics of fans of our Facebook page, we noticed that they come from seventeen different countries and speak over seven languages. We have also seen our blocks used in ESL (English as a Second Language) and bilingual programs. Children seem to be drawn to the blocks as a way of starting a non-verbal “conversation” with other children or communicating an idea.  Ideas flow rapidly and unselfconsciously, back and forth. As the children focus on their block play, spoken language emerges as stories begin to form about their structures.