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12. Connecting

Joining train tracks, building towers of lego, sticking things together with tape - these are all signs of the connecting schema.
12. Connecting

Schemas are a fancy way of describing the natural urges that occur when children are playing. Climbing, hiding, throwing and carrying are all play schemas. Understanding them can help you respond to the way your child’s mind is developing, and provide the appropriate stimulation and challenges. Here we look at connecting:

Joining train tracks, building towers of lego, sticking things together with tape - these are all signs of the connecting schema. Connecting also includes disconnecting, which is why a child might build a tower of blocks, only to knock it down afterwards, or in a worse scenario, knock down someone else’s tower. Understanding that this is a normal urge and allowing it to happen in safe environment (and without upsetting other children, who are busily exploring their own connecting schemas) will give your child many happy hours of play. Some ideas for developing connection schema include:

  • threading (with beads or pasta)
  • Making paper chains
  • Water play with pipes and guttering
  • Construction toys that connect (Lego, Knex etc)
  • Wooden railway

Explore other schemas:

May 01, 2016 By Alexis Ralphs

12. Connecting

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