• Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam

Invitation to Create a Spooky House

With Excellerations® Building Brilliance® Magnetic Clear, LED tea lights, creepy crawlers, eyeballs, spider webs, bats, and skulls placed in a tinker tray to invite a child to create a spooky house with Halloween just around the corner.

Block play with any building materials has a natural progression. Children have to learn how to move and manipulate various shaped objects, big and small, as well as have the fine motor control to “click” them into place. Building helps children enhance their visual-spatial skills. Encourages thinking and reasoning: These skills are what make children become well-rounded, independent and successful adults. Involves focus and patience: Children need to work slowly and carefully to be successful at creating their designs. Using their imagination boosts cognitive, academic, language and social growth. When building, children need to decide what will or won’t work. Through building, children learn to experiment and make new discoveries about how things work. Builds confidence: Once that masterpiece is finished, children are so proud of their accomplishments. It increases their belief in themselves.

Invitations enhance a child's free creative play, exposure to sensory elements, wonder, concepts/themes, and the world around them. Through this kind of play children are really creating: using what they have and what they already know, and combining that

to create a whole that’s greater than the parts.

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