Lucianna Celotti, Essex County children’s specialist, Keagan Benway, Pat Anderson, Mountain Lake Services occupational therapist, Jace and Kaedyn Benway on their father Craig Benway’s lap use blocks made by Essex Industries.
Mineville Essex Industries recently crafted 1,000 wooden blocks for the Essex County Children with Disabilities program.
The goal of the block project is to provide children with the opportunity to engage in developmental block play, while employing the local craftsmanship of the Essex Industries staff.
“Block play is an important part of early childhood development. It offers opportunities for creativity, imagination, problem solving, and foundational mathematical understandings. Block play also has a developmental sequence to it that transfers to other skills like drawing and writing,” said Susan Allott, director of the children with disabilities program of Essex County Public Health.
For more information about this program or others of Essex County Public Health visit www.co.essex.ny.us/PublicHealth.