Why is stacking and building with blocks so important?
Further investigation revealed that the childcare centre is a large room with a wooden floating floor. With nearly 20 kids in the room I can see why the educators want to jump on anyone that is going to raise the noise levels as it would only result in a highly stressed and noisy environment for everyone.
It is amazing to see how the young boy became the problem and not the environment he was in. Looking at an open plan room with a wooden floor you are going to get noise. Add to this by providing kiln dried timber blocks (highly resonate) and then ask the child to play quietly just beggars belief.
Some simple remedies.
- Place a high density foam mat under the play area
- Extend play into making blocks out of cardboard milk cartons stuffed with newspaper to reduce resonance.
- Leave the timber blocks outside to absorb some of the overnight moisture and reduce resonance.
Written by Ujjval Goble, Early Childhood Trainer