WHAT IS CONSTRUCTIVE PLAY?
If you search the internet you will quickly find that there are several definitions of ‘constructive play’, two are shown below:
‘Constructive play involves building and making things no one has ever seen before. As young children fiddle with, sort, and arrange materials, ideas and imagination begin to flow. Questions arise naturally. They wonder: What will happen if I put this here? How tall will it go? Where did the bubble come from? In this way, constructive play serves to focus the minds of children through their fingertips and leads them to invent and discover new possibilities, to fulfil their sense of purpose.’
‘When children manipulate their environment to create things, they are engaged in constructive play. Experimenting with materials, they can build towers with blocks, construct objects with miscellaneous loose parts, play in the sand, and draw sidewalk murals with chalk. Children learn basic knowledge about stacking, building, constructing, and drawing, discovering which combinations work and which don’t’.
Whatever the definition it is clear that play, in all its forms, help children to develop a range of skills through fun and exciting experiential learning activities. Helping children learn through play is one of the most satisfying activities any professional or parent can experience.