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Block PartyTime for a Block Party

Playing with building blocks today — leading engineering projects tomorrow.

Research indicates that children can learn a variety of skills — including math, science, language and problem solving — simply by playing with blocks. In fact, researchers say kids are doing just what engineers do — they are developing a plan with the blocks, constructing a prototype and then seeing if it works.

That’s why Purdue Extension brought Block Party to Indiana. Block Party is an education program that gives parents opportunities to help their children develop skills by playing with blocks.

“I had no idea the things they got out of it,” says Julie Friedrich, who took part in the program offered by Purdue Extension in Clinton County.

Research indicates that children who play with blocks not only show marked aptitude and achievement improvements by 7th grade and into high school, but they also developed impulse control and had fewer behavioral problems.

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