Guidance to Play

When you watch children play with Imagination Playground, your first question may be: what are they doing? But the better question may be: what are they learning? Here you’ll learn how to spot examples of productive play and see what children of different ages can learn. The more you understand what you see, the more you’ll realize that Imagination Playground blocks provide opportunities for so much more than play.

Enclosures and Barriers

Children naturally create more intimate spaces within large spaces that define “being in the play.

Gear to Play

The two types of gears in the Classic Block set afford different problems to solve.

Bring Fabric into Play

Fabric is the perfect complement to add decoration to the rigid blocks.

Parts as Furniture

The fun comes when children try their structures on for size.

Parts as a Path or Course

These games create opportunities to negotiate rules among themselves.

Parts that Move

The potential movement of parts adds interest and story to the child’s play.

Parts to Wear or Wield

Children go beyond building, treating the blocks as props with symbolic status.

Parts Used to Accent

When a child adds an accent, she reveals in what way she thought
the structure was incomplete.

Stacks, Stairs, and Intervals

Structures with repeated intervals require a form of mathematical thinking.

The Fall-Safe Factor of Foam

Finding the fall limits of structures help children think about the dynamics of structure.

The Growth of Symmetry

Some research suggests that the symmetrical structures embody
a form of mathematical thinking.

Multiple Uses of Cylinders

Of all the Loose Parts, the cylinder-shaped plug has a strong identity appeal.

The Role of the Ball

Balls transform the static beauty of a structure into a system of causes that direct the movement of the ball.


Consider how less useful the Imagination Playground Blocks would be without holes.

Parts that Bend

Bendable noodles provide an important contrast to rigid blocks.

Cross Age Play

True collaboration is more than,“I wait, you build, I use.”