by Leanne Wasielewski, Kindergarten Teacher & Mother
SMARCKS brings learning back to the basics while adding a fun, new twist—BLOCKS THAT TEACH. SMARCKS allow children to build their critical thinking skills while engaging in stimulating, constructive play. From my experience, both personally as a mom and professionally as a teacher, learning occurs at the primary level when a child is fully engaged in imaginary exploration and play. They are learning and do not even realize it!
SMARCKS actively engage children in hours of building, development and discovery. The skills a child learns while playing with SMARCKS builds on their prior knowledge allowing them to create their own individualized learning path, at their own pace, all while having fun. SMARCKS also increase fine motor skills, enhances hand-eye coordination and incorporates character education principles essential for positive social interaction.
SMARCKS encourage independent play and can be used as an educational tool for parents to extend their child’s learning beyond traditional, static toys.
Parents can reinforce SMARCKS as a learning tool by:
a. Acting out the movements while a SMARCK is singing a nursery rhyme (itsy bitsy spider)
b. Creating patterns using the SMARCK blocks after learning the colors
c. Creating a “building challenge” where the child follows step-by-step verbal directions to create a structure
Not only do these activities prepare your child for kindergarten; they address the state standards for learning providing them with the essential edge when entering kindergarten.
SMARCKS grow with your child providing an environment where children of various ages can play along side each other–a 2 year old can explore and create while a 7 year old is unlocking puzzle secrets using logic and critical thinking skills.
My 2 year old son was teeming with excitement as he eagerly immersed himself in building and singing along with his favorite new building blocks—SMARCKS. It is evident the creative team responsible for developing this educational toy, not only has a solid foundation of educational practice, they are child centered and understand what it takes to intrinsically motivate a child resulting in fun, enduring understanding and learning. I cannot wait to share this toy with others!
a. Imaginative play
c. Creative thinking
e. How do these blocks work
f. Problem-solving skills
g. Fine motor skills
h. Hand and eye coordination
i. SMARCKS grow along with the child
SMARCKS Stimulates Learning:
a. Literacy with letter sounds, rhyming sentences, nursery rhymes, colors, songs
b. Math with pattern recognition, counting, numbers, facts
c. Using a scaffolding approach where a child learns one concept and is then able to build on that concept with the next SMARCK
d. Attaching songs to concepts attaches meaning for transferable learning
e. Thru senses
f. Incorporates character education imperative for positive social interaction
c. A great value