Rocket ships, racetracks, skyscrapers and robots are coming to life every day at Bronxville Elementary School’s playground during recess. Students are using their imagination, creativity and several blue, lightweight blocks to build these new objects.
Kindergarteners through fifth-graders are using “Imagination Playground” blocks for the first time this year. The purchase of these blocks, which come in the shape of cubes, bricks, curves and cylinders that fit together, was made possible through a Bronxville School Foundation grant.
“We’re hoping that through the use of the blocks, students can learn problem-solving, collaboration and critical thinking,” Elementary School Principal Tricia Murray said. “Those are skills our students can apply in the classroom and in their everyday lives”
The idea for the innovative equipment was born last year at the initiative of a committee of Bronxville parents who wanted to offer their children more opportunities for fun and creative activities, both indoors and outdoors, year-round. Imagination Playground blocks are waterproof, nontoxic, and soft, yet firm enough to build structures.
“They will make a difference in making recess more successful,” Murray said.
In addition to the traditional playground equipment they have access to, students in Bronxville are encouraged to use the Imagination Playground blocks to create their own play space where they make the rules.
“They’re fun to play with and you can make things that no one has made before,” fourth-grader Angelina Ramsey said.
The imagination, collaboration and problem-solving skills these larger-than-life blocks encourage are the foundation for the excellence in education for which Bronxville is known.