There are so many reasons to love blocks. The Scientific American article mentioned their many benefits.
I love blocks because they get children to work together. Blocks foster creativity, too. Blocks have no agenda other than to stimulate the imagination of the builder.
I'm amazed at how much interest simple blocks hold for five and six year old boys. They seem never to tire of them. Look--
Pattern blocks can hold the attention of five year old children too. Look what Olivia did today—