Create a Construction Center In Your Home
If you routinely have more than one child in your home, whether they be your own kids, relatives, or friends, a Construction Center can be a great way to corral that creative energy while giving your kids a place to learn and grow. And even if you've only got one kid under your roof at any one time, it's still a great way to encourage independent play.
A Construction Center is always a favorite with kids. All the activities are open-ended; there is no right answer. Your child will explore the process of putting things together and taking things apart. He'll also practice thinking creatively and learn how to solve problems, two critical developmental tasks.
Because a Construction Center is stocked with open-ended materials, your child will develop the ability to take different approaches to solve problems. He might ask himself, “What would happen if I...? Where will this fit? How can I make this side the same as the other one? How can I make an open space here?" All that questioning is good for brain development. So let's get cracking!
What You Need:
- A designated area
- Tape or hook-sided velcro
- Small bookcase
- Various contruction-related toys (try Legos®, Tinkertoys®, Bristle Blocks®, Unifix Cubes®, Lincoln Logs®, or wooden blocks)