Play Therapy With Children: Modalities for Change (Chapter 3: Block Play)

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American Psychological Association


Children are natural builders. Constructing and deconstructing with blocks, children often test their theories about the physical and social world. They create block structures to share their thoughts, beliefs, and interests based on culture and experience, tempered by their developmental level. A child’s innate impulse to construct with blocks starts early in life and appears to be a universal human tendency (Schaefer, 2016). Accordingly, this innate desire makes blocks one of the most versatile play materials available to children.