It’s the middle of the week again. The final Wednesday in July! Here are three invitations for middlers today.
Building Invitation: Block roads and ramps
Challenge your child to build a block road across a certain part of your home, or to build a favorite street or town out of blocks. Adding loose parts can extend this invitation. Children may also want to make buildings out of empty boxes. Are there hills along this road? How can your child use blocks or loose parts to construct ramps?
This invitation encourages children to work with scale, spatial awareness, and build problem-solving skills.
Fine Motor/Engineering Invitation: Paper towel tubes and pom pomsUsing blue tape or masking tape, attach a paper towel or other cardboard tubes to a door or wall. You can put some straight up and down and others at an angle, or make a maze if you are feeling ambitious. Children can put pom poms or small balls through the tubes. This invitation is a wonderful way for children to investigate concepts in physics, explore trial and error, and build motor skills.
Art/Sensory Invitation: Play dough or clay story
Invite your child to build a representation of their story from play dough or clay. They may interpret this in different ways; making a different sculpture for each page, creating the world of their story and acting it out, or something completely new. You can ask if you can take photos or a video of the story so they can reflect on it later.