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Roadmap: Making

Jan 21, 2022 • 7 min read
Roadmap: Making

Is there a more archetypal preschooler activity than making things? Whether it's collage, junk-modelling, block play or even transient art, the process of creating something useful or pleasing to look at is highly motivating because it works on so many levels. In the physical sense children are using their increasingly sophisticated fine-motor skills, cutting out and sticking, balancing, placing, painting and fixing. But they are also calling on all their developing creativity and understanding of materials and physics, as they assess and estimate, predict and re-adjust to reach their finished object or picture. It can also contribute to confidence and self-esteem, as they gain faith in their own judgement and discover the simple pleasure of completing a task or project. There are plenty of free and easy activities to support your child’s making journey. Collage with paper or items from nature such as leaves is one of the easiest and is a great opportunity to explore themes such as the seasons. Junk modelling using recycling and found objects takes things to a three-dimensional level, while construction whether freestyle with blocks or train tracks or with sets to complete such as Lego requires logic, precision and patience.


I'm Alexis, father of four and founder of One Hundred Toys. I taught in London primary schools for thirteen years, specialising in the early years. Now I write about all things play here on the blog. Read more

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