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About BLOCK Fest®
BLOCK Fest® is designed for children ages 8 months to 8 years and their families. During BLOCK Fest®, children can play with five varieties of non-interlocking blocks, designing and building structures and deconstructing what they've built. Meanwhile families interact with their children and learn how to support their child when they play with blocks at home.
Children develop socialization skills as they observe their environment, collaborate and share blocks with others. They practice imagination and cooperation, and they experience pride in their handiwork.
BLOCK Fest® is a great opportunity for families to learn how to support their children’s math and science growth.
Information for Future Hosts
Interested in hosting a BLOCK Fest® event? All you need to do is provide a 40’ X 60’ room, publicize the event with NIU, and recruit volunteers and participants. Contact us for more information - we're here to help make your event a success.
Block Fest® FAQ
Q: How long does BLOCK Fest® last?
A: BLOCK Fest® lasts one hour. A host may choose to provide additional sessions with a small break between each.
Q: How many children can a BLOCK Fest® event accommodate?
A: Each session is capped at 35 children. A caregiver is expected to attend and participate with the children.
Q: What are the fees associated with hosting a BLOCK Fest® event?
A: The fee to host a one-hour BLOCK Fest® event is $250. Blocks are available for rent for $150 per week (conditions apply).
Q: How much does it cost to attend a BLOCK Fest® event?
A: The cost to attend a BLOCK Fest® event is determined by the host organization and varies by event. Please refer to the upcoming events page for more information.
Q: Where can I find a BLOCK Fest® event?
A: BLOCK Fests® are organized throughout the Northern Illinois region. For specific dates see our upcoming events page.
Q: What types of blocks do children get to explore at a BLOCK Fest® event?
A: BLOCK Fest® incorporates five varieties of non-interlocking blocks. This includes brick blocks, unit cubes, wooden blocks, wooden planks, and foam blocks.
Q: Why should I sign-up to participate in a BLOCK Fest® event?
A: BLOCK Fest® is a lot of fun! Children enjoy playing with blocks and parents gain valuable knowledge to help support their children in math and science growth. After attending BLOCK Fest® parents reported
- Using more math and science words with their children
- Seeing math and science in everyday activities more readily
- Capitalizing on opportunities to talk about math and science ideas with their children
“I did not realize all the learning involved with blocks! It will really help my 2-year-old with counting and colors!”
"[BLOCK Fest® was] very beneficial and a great way to interact with your child and for your child to interact with others.”
"We put our wooden blocks away years ago and now I think I'll put them back out!"
"My oldest child (4) is building towers and houses with other children. My middle (2) is putting smaller blocks on bigger ones. My youngest (8 months) is knocking them over and using hand skills."
"It was a good experience for kids to socialize and learn concepts about math & science through building"
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