HANCOCK COUNTY — Two local organizations are conducting a series of block parties especially for young residents.
The Block Party events, presented by Hancock County Public Library and Purdue University Extension, will be one-hour interactive programs in which parents and children will explore the world of blocks together. The events will include free play with blocks of all sizes.
Purdue Extension faculty and educators are studying block play as a rich, developmentally appropriate activity for young children — one that contributes to their readiness for school.
Block Party events are led by Health and Human Sciences Educator Megan Addison and community volunteers.
The events provide an opportunity for parents to interact and play with their children while learning how they can help them develop various types of skills through block play — math, science, social, physical, new words, prereading, creativity, and problem solving, according to a news release from Purdue University Extension.
Organizers will set up five stations, each with a different set of blocks meant to teach a specific skill.
Parents are provided with tips and information about how they can help their child or children develop each skill to the best of their ability, according to the news release.
There are five options to attend the “Block Party” being hosted by the Hancock County Public Library and the Purdue University Extension.
– 10 a.m. May 5, at the Sugar Creek Branch, for ages 18 months to 5 years
– 10 a.m. May 10, Greenfield branch, for age birth to 2 years
– 10 a.m. May 12, Greenfield branch, ages 2 to 5 years
– 6:30 p.m. May 17, Greenfield branch, training for adults, childcare providers, and educators
– 10 a.m. May 18, Greenfield branch, ages 2 to 5 years