Construction Play

Aistear (2009) highlights that using different materials to build different structures is what is entailed in constructive play. This play may get more complex as the children get older. Children have an inquisitive nature and love to discover things for themselves.

Construction Play

Construction Play

Aistear (2009) highlights that using different materials to build different structures is what is entailed in constructive play.  This play may get more complex as the children get older. 

 

Children have an inquisitive nature and love to discover things for themselves.  Offering them opportunities to use a variety of materials of different shapes, sizes, textures and possibilities allows them to indulge in their inquisitiveness.

 

The minute children start playing with blocks is also the minute they start being involved in engineering.  Block building involves the concept of gravity, connecting things, physics i.e. forces and matter, and design skills too.  Often children’s favourite blocks are those with unique grain markings. This is evidence of scientific attention, and provides an opportunity to discuss wood and trees.  What better place to explore construction than in the great outdoors. 

 

Some suggestions:

What kind of texture, grain, hardness, and softness is there in different types of wood? Can you match shavings with wood? Sawdust to wood? Classify and order by colour, weight, roughness, smoothness, shape of grain, or size. What happens when you sand wood? 

 

Suggestions for Construction Equipment

Building blocks-wooden,
Tree cookies/stumps,
Boxes – cardboard,
Masking tape,
Clipboards,
Crates,
Guttering,
Drain pipes,
Builder’s trays.
Real tools – hammers, pliers, hand drill,
Nails, Nuts & bolts,
Gardening tools,
Ropes,
Plastic tubing,
Hose pipes,
Access to water – hose, water butt,
Chipboard,
Plywood,
Cuts of carpet, Rugs,
Canvas,
Ground sheets,
Tents,
Buckets,
Diggers, tractors, Trailers,
Pulley system,
Woodwork bench,
Wood off-cuts,
Logs,
Planks,
Wheel-barrows,
Trolleys,
Builders’ trowels,
Natural materials – stones,
shells, twigs, leaves, bark and sand,
Clothes horses,
Hardwood,
Hard-hats
Spirit level,
Tape measures,
Measuring sticks and wheels,
Architect’s plans,
Builder’s chalk,
D.I.Y. books,
Homes magazines,
Design and construction magazines,
Construction site signs,
Hard Hats must be worn,
Danger Keep Out,
Maps,
Mobile phones,
Traffic cones,
Site warning tape,
Spades,
Pens, pencils, crayons, paint,
Estate agent’s signs.
Cork, gravel, straw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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