Some children were experimenting with construction toys outdoors. Staff listened to the children share their ideas and plan how they could use the materials.
One child said, “I want to make a monster”. Both children worked together helping to select pieces of construction to build their model. The other said,” It’s a screw and a nut and a bolt for holding them.”
Through construction play, children learn about the parts of different materials, engage their curiosity and imagination, problem and experiment when applying ideas and looking for new ways to use the materials and tools. When children are actively involved this way, they remember the information they have collected better than when they are given the information.