Big Blue Blocks are an innovative, open-ended, play-based
learning system that transforms any space — schools,
preschools, museums, playgrounds, libraries, and
community spaces – into imaginative, creative, innovative
hubs for hands-on STEM/STEAM play, encouraging
learning, social development, movement, and above all, fun.
Play-based learning of STEM concepts, such as:
- Engineering / Physics
- Design Processes
- Shape Identification
- Measuring / Recording
- Patterns / Grouping
- Simple Machines & Mechanisms
- If / Then Thinking
- Comparing / Contrasting
And other essential skills, such as:
- Problem Solving
- Release, Relaxation
- Collaboration Fine & Gross Motor Development
- Social Development
- Focus, Determination
- Curiosity & Discovery
- Dramatic & Artistic Expression
Traditional playgrounds consist primarily of fixed equipment, such as slides,
climbing frames and see-saws, all of which focus on developing children’s
gross motor skills. By contrast, Big Blue Blocks are “loose parts” that prompt
children to transform their environment and create a play space of their own.
Big Blue Blocks contain a wide variety of loose parts, including cubes, bricks, cogs, curves, and
cylinders. The parts however, are not simply loose. They have holes and shapes that fit together
in ways that allow the continuation of a child’s idea, and an irresistible invitation to imagine,
create, and design.
A set of squares becomes a wall. A wall becomes a room. A room becomes a
house. In this way, the pieces fit or connect together to make immersive play
last a long time.
Big Blue Blocks grow with kids!
Simply picking up a Big Blue Block begins to teach
kids basic principles of maths and physics. Building
even the most basic tower teaches important skills of prediction and cause and effect.
As kids’ structures grow more intricate, they
intuitively learn the concepts of balance, mass,
and gravity by doing. They also learn spatial
relationships and develop gross fine motor control.
Kids enter the representational stage of block building.
They use their structures to depict their world
symbolically, engage in dramatic play to create new
play scenarios, and learn social skills by negotiating
and working collaboratively with other students.
Big Blue Blocks engages children of all ages, from
teachers to adults, to engage and create in new
ways, although specific developmental benefits
have not been established.
Big Blue Blocks are “loose parts” that prompt children to
transform their environment and create an ever-changing
play space of their own.