Construction with Natural Resources
We all love the smell of freshly baked treats. This interactive playdough baking activity will help children use their imagination, coordination and will encourage older children practice gross and fine motor skills. Sprinkle a little spice into the dough and no one will know that it's playdough!
There is so much to discover when we just look around!
This activity provides opportunities to create, build, problem solving and higher-order thinking while working together as a team.
Children gather large natural resources and can be motivated to construct anything! Show children images of famous sculptures and let them decide which sculpture they’d like to replicate using natural materials. If you decide to use famous sculptures to entice curiosity, give background to the sculpture, who created it and any interesting stories behind why it was created. Ask the children what they notice in each sculpture, the colour, shapes and anything they find interesting. See the adaptation section, to see how you can introduce story-telling and literacy into this activity.
Let children create what they have in mind or discuss with each other what they could build as a team (bridge, den, roof, street etc.).
Observe the children and scaffold learning, allowing them to explore and think freely.
- Look! Look! Look at Sculpture by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.
- National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (2009), Aistear: The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework. Dublin: NCCA.
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