This is day 2 of World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIC) and today's challenge was inspired by my son's preoccupation with the blankets and chairs yesterday. Armed with 2 blankets, 4 chairs, 2 pillows he was busy for hours making his stuff toys' palace and he is not done yet. So today's creativity challenge is:
Constructive play is an important part of early childhood development. Through constructive play, children learn a lot of concepts and skills (for example, fine motor skills in balancing blocks, social skills in engaging in play with others, mathematical concepts like counting, shapes, visual-spatial intelligence through three-dimensional creations, naturalist intelligence through the use of varied materials like wood, loose parts). Constructive play encourages children to explore their surroundings, work hands-on with various materials and expand their imagination. It also provides a venue for children to experiment, apply previous knowledge and learn new ones and at the same time build on their vocabulary.
So the next time you and your child build something, try using the "I notice" and "I wonder" statements while exposing them to new words and concepts.