BLOCK Fest® is a research-based exhibit that helps raise awareness of early math and science learning by offering hands-on block play experiences to families with young children. Parents, preschool teachers and the community will become more knowledgeable about the importance of early math and science learning as it impacts both school readiness and later math success
- BLOCK Fest® was developed to provide an interactive block building experience for young children ages 8 months to 8 years and their parents.
- BLOCK Fest® supports parents and children to form an emotional bond during the learning experience. The exhibit has been shown to increase parent knowledge of early development in the areas of math and science education while providing opportunities to increase social skills and literacy opportunities for young children.
- BLOCK Fest® is a family interactive event that uses five block play stations to introduce children and their parents to the educational value of blocks.
- At BLOCK Fest® parents learn about early math and science concepts and that early math learning is a strong predictor for school readiness.
- Parents discover how they can help their children learn early math and science concepts while they play with blocks through guided play and conversation.
- BLOCK Fest® also educates communities about the short and long-term importance of early math and science learning.
A brief history of BLOCK Fest®
BLOCK Fest® was developed and piloted by the University of Idaho Parents as Teachers Demonstration Project in 2005. BLOCK Fest® reached thousands of families and was a nationally recognized recipient of the Parents as Teachers Losos Award for Excellence in 2006. In early 2008, the developers of BLOCK Fest® conducted a pilot Train the Trainer program with organizations in North Carolina, Indiana, Texas and Washington. Due to loss of funding in 2007, BLOCK Fest® became inactive until 2009, when University of Idaho signed an agreement awarding exclusive licensing rights to produce and distribute BLOCK Fest® to Twiga Foundation, Inc. Twiga Foundation, Inc. founded by Patricia Kempthorne, Idaho’s former First Lady, is dedicated to inspiring, promoting and maintaining family-consciousness in the home, the workplace and the community. Twiga Foundation trademarked BLOCK Fest® and now trains individuals as Certified Trainers, hosts or volunteers to promote the value BLOCK Fest® can bring to their communities. Twiga Foundation maintains an ongoing relationship with the developers of BLOCK Fest® and together, they are working to expand the reach of this innovative and successful learning experience in STEM education. BLOCK Fest® meets Twiga’s mission of inspiring, promoting, and maintaining a family-consciousness in the family, the workplace and the community by supporting the workforce development of the next generation.