Today’s Family continues to support our families. Home Activities is a new blog series where we share activities and games to keep bodies and brains active while we all practice safe social distancing. Just as we’re sharing these thoughts with you, please share these ideas with your family and friends through social media.
Play is an incredibly important part of early childhood education. Don’t just take our word for it: the importance of play comes straight from the pages of How Does Learning Happen? We talk a lot on this blog about play – encouraging children to play outside, to explore their surroundings, and to learn more about how the world works – but another great thing about play is that it allows children to experiment with the bounds of their imagination, too.
Fostering a sense of imagination is an important part of early childhood development. Imagination allows children to experiment with the world from their own point of view. For example, they can learn a little bit about how to be a doctor without having to go through medical school. In today’s Home Activity, we will show how a sense of imagination can make its own tiny world.
The next time you have large cardboard boxes, save them and cut them up before folding them into your recycling box. They can be used to make tiny tree houses! The first step is to find a suitable home for your, well, home: look for a house plant or a small tree that has some stable branches. Then, draw out a plan for your new treehouse on some spare paper, figuring out how much cardboard you will need and what shape the pieces need to be.
Cut out and decorate the cardboard according to your plan. Then, using string and some glue, build your mini treehouse around the branches.
While working on your house, ask your children some questions about their design: what sort of rooms do they want? Would they like to live in a treehouse like the one you are making? What would be some good things and bad things about living in this house?
By asking these questions, you’re inviting children to stretch their imaginations and practice some out-of-the-box thinking.