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ERIC Number: EJ859416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul-1
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
Block Party: Legos in the Library
Klebanoff, Abbe
School Library Journal, v55 n7 p24-26 Jul 2009
Toys don't belong in the library. That's probably what some people still think. But the author's library outside Philadelphia was having such a hard time attracting boys who had outgrown storytime that he and his colleagues decided to try something new. So his school started a Lego club. Since their June 2008 kickoff, they've been amazed by how many kids show up for their program just to play with these colorful interlocking plastic bricks. Located in an affluent suburb, the Radnor Memorial Library has a lot of competition. There's sports, music, horseback riding, swimming, and all the things kids do with their computers. But that hasn't stopped the under-14 set from rushing to their basement community area each month. Playing with Legos offers them something physical, something imaginative, and something mechanical. What's the connection between Legos and books? Promoting play contributes to early literacy development by increasing attention span, memory, creativity, and language and vocabulary skills. It also lays the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving--things they'll carry with them throughout their school years, says "Play = Learning," a recent study by Dorothy Singer, a senior research scientist at Yale University's Department of Psychology and Child Study Center. (Contains 12 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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