Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 9–13

Block play: Building a foundation for literacy

  • Judith E. Stroud

DOI: 10.1007/BF02353373

Cite this article as:
Stroud, J.E. Early Childhood Educ J (1995) 23: 9. doi:10.1007/BF02353373


The role of block play in the development of reading and writing is presented and discussed. A literacy-enriched block-play center is described, and accompanying tables identify books and additional literacy materials suggested for integration into a block-play area. Additionally, children's use of literacy props in a block-play area is presented through observations made in two preschool classrooms. Samples of children's writing produced during spontaneous block-play sessions are included to support examples given in the text.

Key Words

block playplayliteracypreschool children

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith E. Stroud
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  1. 1.Department of Elementary EducationBall State UniversityMuncie