Construction play involves manipulating one or more pieces of play materials to create something new. This may involve a variety of methods – stacking, sticking, putting together, taking things apart, sorting or moulding, to name a few.
Construction play develops all types of skills and behaviours;
- The motor skills necessary to create and manipulate the items
- Imagination skills
- Planning & ideation skills; the ability to try out and test ideas
- Perseverance when things don’t work
- When working with others turn taking and collaboration skills
- Give your child plenty of opportunity to play with construction toys; not just Duplo or building blocks but playdough (see below for homemade playdough recipe) and making things from everyday objects e.g. toilet roll tubes and shoe boxes.
- Build things with your child, talking to them all the time. Introduce them to new worlds through your imagination.
- Construct an obstacle course together using pillows, cushions and duvets.
- Have a look at your ‘Play at Home’ book for other ideas.
- Putting together a train track.
- Making cars, rockets or houses out of cardboard boxes.
- Building sand castles.
- Building models with recycled materials.
Further Activity Ideas
- Add new materials to your child’s building block set- empty plastic tubs, pieces of fabric, balls of wool, shells, bottle tops, lengths of ribbon, stones etc.
- Make models from a cereal box or toilet roll tube adding lollipop sticks, buttons, googly eyes, string, sequins, felt tipped pens, tape, cotton wool, paint.
- Add new materials to playdough (see below for homemade playdough recipe) – matchsticks, lollipop sticks, googly eyes, buttons, sequins etc.
- Build a den from sheets, chairs, large boxes.
- Follow instructions to build a lego model.