Observe the child’s ability to conceptualize and create a product using different materials. Provide a variety of materials for construction and art projects. Try to do a construction that can also involve drawing to combine skills.
Engage the child in play with blocks or dramatic play. Look for an opportunity to have the child create something to enhance the play. For example, if playing with toy cars and trucks, the adult could suggest, “I have an idea, let’s MAKE a car! Here is a big box we could make into a car. And we have paper, scissors, paper plates, crayons! Hmm. What does our car need first?” During this (or a similar activity related to the child’s play) the child will need to draw, cut, glue, etc., enabling the adults to see many skills.
The child thinks of aspects that are needed and draws or uses parts or materials to build an item for dramatic play. The item can be simply a house made from blocks and a sign for the building.
Boxes are the best! Tell parents to save boxes for their multiple creative uses. They can be big or small. Children will find creative play uses: a doll bed, a house, a space ship, etc. Parents can also save other materials for children to include in art projects or dramatic play. For example, in addition to paper and crayon, provide items that can be glued together, magazine pictures, fabric, cereal shapes, noodles, and so on.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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