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Blocks at City and Country

Pratt founded C&C on the principle that children learn through play, and that, to do so, they need materials they can manipulate in order to express and explore their ideas. Encountering a dearth of truly open-ended materials in the early 1900s, Pratt created her own set of building blocks which, with their proportional units and countless possibilities, have become a staple of classrooms around the world. Here we detail the evolution of blocks in education and the integral role they play in City and Country’s Lower School.

Learn more about the below panels by watching these video introductions by Centennial Archives Committee member Lisa Baker Horner:

Unit Blocks at City and Country

Outdoor Blocks at City and Country