Children learn through play and blocks are just the best tool to use. Friedrich Froebel introduced block play as an important part of cognitive development in pre-schoolers for it nurtures understanding in different subject areas like science, math, literacy and even dramatic plays. Using these block, children can put shapes together creating a bigger picture that could be a representation of something they know, something they’ve learned about and that something could even be a product of their imagination. Playing with blocks could lead to a discovery, to an understanding of a concept and it could even lead to the formation of a child’s Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS).
Today it has been more than two hundred years since Froebel introduced block plays, but still, it is being used not just a tool for playing but for learning as well; however, block plays occurs inside a computer, a tablet or even android or ios phones. How is this possible?
It was in 2009 when the Swedish programmer Markus Notch Persson invented a sandbox dependent video game called Minecraft, which allows players to build and construct different objects and system out of cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Minecraft, just like the classic block plays, also offers exploration, the only difference is that combating, gathering resources and survival are also present in the previous.
Due to the games’ popularity many games like minecraft has also been developed and here are some of them:
In this game, all you need to do is to sit back and relaz and let your imagination flow. Just like classic block game, you can build structure by piecing the blocks and what’s great is that you can even light them! Discovery also has day and night which makes it more surrealistic.
- Brick Force
Strategic building is needed in this game because you need to build a good map to save your life. This game is a building game and a person shooting game, only, you can build anything, anywhere, anytime to avoid being killed.
- Block Land
Again, just like the classics! In Block Land,, you can build things by putting blocks together, t is just like playing lego. Only the results are more realistic. You create a world of your own in this game, you can put small houses, build your own city and even your own empire.
- The Block Story
This game is more of an adventure game, you face magic, you have goals to achieve and different worlds to travel with different species to defeat! What makes it challenging and better? You get to create your own terrain and put up anything you want. In able for you to continue the story, building and fighting skills are greatly needed.
- World Craft/ World of Blocks
This game is a survival game. All you need to do is to create a world, a weapon or anything that would help you survive. Whether its from Froebel or Notch, surely Blocks can give you the skills you need!