Children explore their world of family, friends and animals. They become aware of differences between themselves and the people around them and develop the self-confidence to express ideas as they build and play.
Caring for Animals
Children create models of wild and domesticated animals and their environment. For example, in the activity " Let's Go to the Zoo," children create zoo enclosures with environments for monkeys, elephants, polar bears and other animals. The zoo song they learn as a class, helps them identify and remember the animals as they build and play.
Make It Go
Children build models of input-output devices and explore directions and related concepts. In the "Maze Madness" activity, for example, children explore cause and effect and simple positional language.
Stories, Songs and Silly Monsters
Children create models of wild well-known or fantasy characters and act out stories, songs or plays. In the "Puppet Party" activity, for example, children create puppets to help them develop storytelling skills and the ability to imitate the real world.
Family, Friends and Neighbors
Children build models illustrating concepts of their identity as a child living in a family and a community. For example, children create a model of themselves in the activity " Nobody Like Me." Using their models, they can share something about themselves with others and they can also learn to listen and appreciate what others share.