The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


April 24, 2014

Learning block by block

Creativity, teamwork, problem solving skills involved in playtime

PENDLETON — More than 45 toddlers and parents came to the Pendleton Public Library on Thursday to play with blocks. Although that seems like a fairly normal, everyday activity, the children were learning skills that will help them down the road.

Robin Williams, of the Madison County Purdue Extension office, was in charge of the event and instructed the parents and children on how the block party worked. The most important thing for her was making sure the children could play how they wanted.

"There are so many toys and TV shows now that direct what to do," Williams said. "With blocks children can be creative and do whatever they want."

The idea of the day was to simply let the children play with blocks. The activities room at the library was filled with wood blocks, large blocks the size of bricks, foam bricks and small square blocks. The children got a turn at every station over the course of the hour-long program.

Stacy Milburn, whose son Sam comes to the library for story readings, said she was impressed with the library's program. Not only did Sam enjoy the various blocks, his mom said it was good for him to interact with other children since he is an only child.

Social interaction is just one of the many advantages of having a block party, Williams said. She said playing with blocks also helps with motor skills, problem solving, creativity and teamwork.

Having parents come and play with their kids was also an important part of the process.

"We wanted to create an environment where the parents or caregivers are engaged with the child," Williams said. "That's very important for children."

Peggy Lyons, the children's director at the library, said she read about the block party program and instantly wanted to host one. She said the program coincides nicely with what the children's department tries to do for all of their activities. The most important thing for them is the interaction between children and parents.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

Text Only
  • FEA HB0801 Heart_328 Tickets going fast for Heart Anyone wanting to rock out to Heart Friday night who hasn’t reserved tickets may be out of luck. Only a handful of tickets are still available for the band’s concert at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Live music: Aug. 1 Live entertainment at local venues as published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 31, 2014

  • Band Day schedule Four high school bands from Madison County will compete in the Music Travel Consultants Band Day set for Aug. 2 at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand at the Indiana State Fair.

    July 30, 2014

  • NWS - HB0730 - frankton band day - 2 Frankton embraces challenges, advantages to starting Band Day James Handshoe is trying to clear away all the distractions.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • FEA HB0730 Gordon Brooks Berky strives to unite community through the arts His theater was originally going to be a place where he could perform when he’s not on tour, but then actor and mask maker Doug Berky had a bigger idea: Unite the community through entertainment.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0730 - NeverTooLate Portwood tells story of struggles in 'Never Too Late' Former TV personality Amber Portwood, who spent 17 months in prison, unveiled the cover of her forthcoming book, "Never Too Late," this week. The publication date is Aug. 26.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • 'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop

    The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show "Pawn Stars" could soon have something better to do while waiting in line.

    July 29, 2014

  • Markleville Jamboree begins July 31 Is your baby the prettiest? Does your pet do amazing tricks? Do you bake, sew, craft? Do you like tractors? If any of this sounds like you, you're invited to join in the contests at the Markleville Jamboree.

    July 28, 2014

  • NWS - HB0728 - Colts Camp - 006 Armed Forces Day at Colts camp pairs Girl Scout cookies with veterans

    Pair Girl Scouts and their world-famous cookies with Armed Forces Day at Indianapolis Colts training camp, and you've got a winning combination. Operation: Cookie Drop, as it's called, is a program where customers buy boxes of cookies for delivery to active and retired military throughout central Indiana.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA-HB0727-MCWinery-JC6.JPG Having a wine time

    Cathy Hensley’s never been much of a drinker. It wasn’t something that interested her very much, so it seemed unfathomable that she would ever run a winery. But after her son Eric offered her and her husband, Duke, some wine he made, it changed things.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo