Study shows benefits of block building activities on young minds

Researchers with Indiana University studied the impact of structured block building and board game on spatial processing. Using Blocks Rock! and Scrabble, researchers found that block play has a significant impact on mental rotation performance.

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Great STEM Gifts for Kids 2018

Our 2018 STEM gift guide is here, and we have some great picks that are sure to lead to fun and engaging learning!

STEM Career Inspiration for Kids: Paleontologists

We're highlighting awesome STEM careers that inspire kids! Learn more about what paleontologists do, how to become an paleontologists, and more!


2018 Fall STEM Education News Roundup

Read through five current articles that will excite you about the current state of STEM learning and give you a glimpse of its future!

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13 Spooky STEM Activities For Halloween Fun

It's time to get spooky and have fun using these STEM activities with a Halloween twist!

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Using Block Play to Improve STEM Skills

Can block play really improve STEM skills? How does that even work? And what is "competitive structured block play"? We're giving you all the answers below.

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Home Learning Ideas That Are Fun For The Whole Family

Bring the whole family together with these fun activities that are also full of learning moments!

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STEM Career Inspiration for Kids: Astronauts

We're highlighting awesome STEM careers that inspire kids! Learn more about what astronauts do, how to become an astronaut, and more!

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7 Ideas for Stocking, Decorating, and Organizing Your Classroom

Check out fun ideas on how to make sure your classroom is organized, decorated, and perfectly stocked for the new school year.


2018 Summer STEM Education News Roundup

Read through five current articles that will excite you about the current state of STEM learning and give you a glimpse of its future!

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Your Indoor STEM Activity Guide

Our Indoor STEM Activity Guide gives you learning inspiration from some of our favorite bloggers.

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Toys with Intent: Interviewing Founder Kelli McCarty

To celebrate our new partnership with Toys with Intent, we interviewed the website's founder, Kelli McCarty!

STEM Summer Bucket List: 33 Fun, Brain-Building Activities

Read our bucket list of brain-building activities for summer-long, STEM fun!

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STEM Summer Camps for Kids

Discover nationwide STEM camps for kids and keep reading to learn about suggestions we have for summer STEM learning.

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2018 Spring STEM Education News Roundup

Read through five current articles that will excite you about the current state of STEM learning and give you a glimpse of its future!

7 Education Grants and STEM Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

Discover grants for nonprofits that are expanding educational and STEM learning opportunities in your community.

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9 Fun STEM Apps for Kids

One fun way to add STEM learning to children’s days is by using apps that are designed for learning. Check out these nine STEM-related apps!

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7 Spring Break STEM Ideas for Kids

Learn and play this spring break with these fun, STEM ideas for kids!

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STEM Learning Day Trips for Kids Across America

We've highlighted some of the premier locations for STEM learning for kids across the nation.

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Is Spatial Awareness the STEM Skill Your Child Lacks?

Spatial awareness is critical for STEM development. So, what is it and how can you develop it in your child or students? We have the answers.

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How to Write a Grant for Blocks Rock!

Learn about grant writing and discover how you can get Blocks Rock! free for your school, classroom, or afterschool program.

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How to Create STEM Lessons for Elementary Classrooms

Explore three ways to add STEM learning into your elementary classroom.

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3 Key Happenings in Childhood STEM Education in 2018

What do you think will happen in STEM education in 2018? Here are our predictions.

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Fun Gift Ideas for Young STEM Enthusiasts!

Find natural ways to encourage your child's curiosity with these fun gift ideas for young STEM enthusiasts!

Are Building Blocks Really a Perfect Learning Tool?

Learn about research that supports building blocks as an important development tool for social, creative, literacy, and intellectual skills.

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6 Teacher Bloggers That Inspire Adventurous & Innovative Learning

These bloggers might help you discover new learning activities for your classroom and more!

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How to Turn Everyday Fall Activities into Tiny Teachable Moments

Embrace adventurous learning by taking a look at tiny teachable moments that happen in your everyday activities. In this post we focus on Fall!

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How to Engage Children In Learning By Using Their Senses

Engage children in learning by creating lessons that use multiple senses and work with multiple learning styles.

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The Impact of Physical Activity on Learning

Did you know that physical movement has been shown to have scientifically proven impacts on academic performance? It's true! Read our blog post to learn more!

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3 Ways Parents and Teachers Can Cultivate a Great Classroom Environment

Parents and teachers alike can work together to cultivate a great environment for children of all backgrounds and learning styles. See how!

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Back-to-School Brain Boost: Tips for School Year Nutrition and Sleep

Support your child’s return to school than by starting the year off right with good nutrition and sleep. Read our practical suggestions to make that happen.


July Child Brain Development Breakdown: Four Articles, Opinions, or Studies

We're summarizing four recent articles or studies on child brain development so you can feel helped, inspired, or challenged to put the news into action.

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Fun Summer Day Trips that Encourage STEM Learning

Looking for summer day trip ideas that can encourage STEM learning? Check out some of our suggestions!

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5 DIY Ways to Keep Your Kid's Brain Active at Home

Looking for fun ways to keep kids’ brains active at home this summer? Check out our list of ideas!


The Effect of Block Building on Mental Rotation Ability

Structured block-building games improve spatial abilities in children to a greater degree than board games.


Traditional toys may beat gadgets in language development

A study examines how electronic playthings impact the way babies engage verbally with their parents, which is crucial for cognitive development.


A developmental look at a rigorous block play program

Blocks: great learning tools from infancy through the primary grades.

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