Building Blocks for Tots

You are invited to stop by the library to pick up a Building Blocks learning kit that you can use with your child to help them get ready for preschool or kindergarten and to learn the early skills they need to be successful readers and learners. New Building Block kits - filled with activity sheets, helpful supplies, and tips for parents-- will be available at the Circulation Desk each Monday. We hand out kits until our supply is gone - there is no registration. We have greatly increased the number of kits available! 

Building Blocks for Tots is a unique program, created by the Children’s Department of the Woodridge Public Library, promoting school readiness for children ages 3 through 5. Building Blocks helps parents and caregivers work with children at home by providing weekly learning kits with activities that can be explored together to help children learn or practice concepts or skills that lay the foundation for basic understanding, learning in school, and eventually reading!

Learning ABCs,  numbers, colors, and shapes are part of the weekly learning kits, and each week a different area of learning is highlighted, including Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Development along with early literacy, and social and emotional development.

This program is interactive and will have something new offered throughout the year!

Fall, Winter & Spring Building Blocks: Each week, TAKE HOME BBT kits will be available at the Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-serve basis. Take-Home packets will reinforce alphabet and number skills and focus on new learning, and social and developmental skills each month. Find future pickup dates and skill themes for TAKE HOME BBT on the Events Calendar.

Summer Building Block for Tots: Each Monday, a packet of materials that contain learning exercises along with supplies for fine motor skills activities are available at the Circulation Desk in the Lobby. We will post a link on our YouTube Channel to videos (created by the Woodridge Children’s staff) that show you how to use each week's packet with your child, AND you'll find links to online songs or activities in the video's description for fun and practice. 

Building Blocks for Tots is comprehensive, providing a framework that encourages families to work with their children on nationally recognized skill development activities. It is also flexible and designed so families can join at any time – just jump in! Building Block Tots supports parents and grandparents with guidance for conducting fun literacy and academic skill activities and links to entertaining songs, activities, and books for children.

Get ready for school, get ready to read, and get ready to have fun with Building Blocks for Tots!  Participate now: find the next Building Blocks for Tots opportunity on the Events Calendar or talk to a staff member about BBT. This program is designed to be open and rolling.

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Weekly videos are all available on the BBT Playlist. Find the one that goes with this week's packet and start building with your tot! Videos have links to the songs in the descriptions.

Supply Closet

We may use a supply item to make practice fun. Plan on using supplies more than once--we’re thrifty!  You can substitute items—like a Skittle or a colorful paper circle for a BINGO dabber dot. Here are some supplies we use:

Bingo Dabbers
Pipe Cleaners & Pom Poms
Craft Sticks
Blank Dice
Foam Shapes
Toy Cars
Bear Counters