Building Literacy Skills

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Little Guy and I had a great time at LEGO DUPLO's Read! Build! Play! event* at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry on Friday.

We were there for the "free play" portion of the program, which was perfect: Legos all over the floor = bliss for us. 
Check out the guy with the hat!

Why the good LEGO time?

LEGO DUPLO has partnered with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) to demonstrate how reading coupled with construction play can engage, excite and encourage early literacy development and spark explorationLEGO DUPLO and ALSC released in June polling over 1,000 children’s librarians, results of which, demonstrate the importance of children’s library programs, their development over the past decade and the impact play has on early literacy. 

·         75% of librarians say that their programs for children under five have higher attendance today than 10 years ago, with programming for three to five year olds attracting the most attendees.
·         41.6% of librarians say parents look to libraries to provide fun ways for children to learn new skills beyond reading, which is why LEGO DUPLO is attempting to bring reading together with construction and play for a fun, new experience.
·         Based on additional research conducted by ALSC that shows that parents or caregivers engaging daily in five practices of reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing with their children will increase the children's early literacy skills, the program seeks to promote activities that combine playtime with storytelling experiences.
At Readbuildplay.com you can download the free Parent Activity Guide to take the experience home, and you can nominate your local library for special recognition, now through October 1st, to support children’s programs. The top three nominated libraries will receive monetary donations from LEGO DUPLO and the top 200 will receive physical toolkits (including bricks, books and activity guides) to implement play time into their programming.

I don't know about you, but seeing this at my local library would be super cool:

Do your kids play with LEGOs? Have you ever thought about how that play, when combined with storytelling experiences, can help them with early literacy skills?  

*LEGO DUPLO invited me to attend this event, offered me free admission, and asked me to blog about it. That was awfully nice, but since we are already museum members, the event was free with admission, and my kids are huge LEGO fans, I did not reap any benefit other than having a great time. 


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