Topic Summer Holidays
The children’s crat was themed around Summer Holidays. To make their boat pictures the children used blue paint to make the sea and yellow for the sun and cut out their boat and positioned it on the sea and wrote “B” for boat. The children focused for quite a while to cut out their boat.
Duplo, Mega Blocks, train tracks, gears, giant bricks, joining them together.
While playing with building toys, the children have to learn how to move and manipulate various shaped objects, big and small, as well as have the fine motor control to “click” them into place. This helps build motor strength as well as visual skills and motor planning.
Building toys help children enhance their visual-spatial skills which is crucial for reading readiness. As children build, they have to understand spatial organization in order to create a structure that does not topple over.
Encourages Thinking and Reasoning - Every time a child builds and creates a structure or even an entire world, children have to use reasoning and critical thinking skills. They also have to problem solve when something does not work the way they hoped it would. These skills are what make children become well-rounded, independent and successful adults!
Involves Focus and Patience - Children need to work slowly and carefully to be successful at creating their designs. This helps build their ability to focus and maintain attention for longer periods of time. It also teaches the important skill of patience.
Sparks the Imagination -Building toys allow children to create their own fantasy worlds and stories. Using the imagination boosts cognitive, academic, language and social growth. As they create structures, they also create stories which leads to greater verbal skills including their ability to tell stories.
Builds Confidence - Once that masterpiece is finished, children are so proud of their accomplishments. It increases their belief in themselves which, in turn, boosts their self-confidence.
Helps Develop Problem Solving Skills - When building, children need to decide what will or won’t work. They have to think quickly and readjust designs when needed. This helps build important problem solving skills which are needed in school and in life