Building Better Block Play Part 1

The Building Better Block Play Part 1 on-demand session offers up an overview of the 7 stages of block play, 3 things most block play areas need more of, 5 materials to add to your block play area, thoughts on supporting and managing block play, what kids can learn through block play, and more.



90 Minutes

Learning Goals

Attendees will:

  • Understand Johnson’s stages of block play
  • Reflect on how they support and manage block play
  • Acquire ideas for supporting block play


Jeff A Johnson

Competency Area

Planning Learning Experiences And Curriculum

(Note that competency areas vary by region.  Our certificates display the proper terminology for an attendee’s location)

Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Parents

Age Group Focus

  • Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
  • Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
  • School-Age (5 years to 12 years)

National Administrator Credential Approved





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While there are too many organizations overseeing the approval of early learning professional development for us to keep track of, we know this training is accepted as follows:

United States

This session is pre-approved as professional development in IL, NE, MI, and WI.

This session is accepted as professional development in Arizona, South Dakota, and Indiana


Alberta | We have been informed that Alberta does not have a pre-approval process and that our certificates contain the required information to be accepted as in-service training.
British Columbia | Explorations Early Learning was told that in BC, “professional development is assessed on a case by case basis after the workshop has been completed, and the certificate has been received.” Our certificates contain all the information required for approval, and our sessions cover topics that are traditionally approved.

After completing all the session’s lessons and quizzes, we’ll email a link to a session evaluation. Complete this evaluation, and a personalized PDF certificate of participation is generated and emailed to you.