There are many reasons why young children are fascinated by the world of construction and the equipment. The loud noises, flashing lights, and size of the machinery in construction sites creates a sense of wonder and curiosity of how it all works. So since it is winter, we invited the children to engage in a snow construction site small world play!
This Small world play was set up with loose parts (wood cookies, rocks, pine cones, bottle brush trees), sensory (insta snow), way to play roads, & construction vehicles big & small. Exploring these materials through open-ended play is great way for extending literacy, language, imaginary play, and tactile play. Through this play they can reenact what they see/hear in stories, movies, shows, experiences, and environments around them to deepen their understanding of the world. This type of play can be defined as where children accept and assign roles, then act them out.
When children engage in this type of play they break through the walls of reality, use their imagination, pretend to be someone or something different from themselves, explore different worlds, and have actions to go along with the roles they have chosen to play.
Play is an integral part of the developmental learning process by allowing children to develop skills in such areas as abstract thinking, literacy, math, & social studies, in a timely natural manner. They are able to play and manipulate a variety of materials and textures that stimulate their mind and body while deepening their connection and understanding of the world.