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What do children learn from Construction Play?

Construction play requires dexterity and promotes strength in children’s fingers and hands, improving hand-eye coordination. 

Children’s vocabulary increases as they describe sizes, shapes and colors. Math skills are enhanced when sorting objects by shape and color. 

Block play encourages children to create their own designs, stimulating imaginations and brain power.


Construction Vehicles for Kids with Blippi | The Excavator Song

This is the Excavator Song by Blippi. If your child loves construction vehicles and Blippi, and wants to sing and dance to The Excavator Song, this is it!

Neighborhood Under Construction!

Build your own community in this activity. You can also incorporate math in this construction theme activity as preschoolers explore the blueprints and build. Tell a story, make real-world connections, design your own cardboard community, and construct roads in this DIY project! Click the link for instructions, materials, and photos to guide you in this activity.

Build a Straw Bridge

STEM activities are fun ways to teach kids how things work. This straw bridge activity takes just a few minutes to prep but will keep young engineers learning for hours! Materials needed: tape yarn scissors paper clips straws Build a bridge that is strong enough to support a cup filled with 100 pennies. Cut the straws to any length, but...

I Spy Trucks Game

Print off the attached free printable Truck I spy game. The simplest way to play is to ask your child how many of a certain type of truck they can find. If you’ve laminated the game then they could also use a marker pen to circle items that have been found. If your child knows their trucks well, then how...

Construct a Water Bottle Fountain!

This experiment allows children to see that air takes up room and is always present even though we can't see it. Materials: empty water bottle balloon straw blu-tac (or similar) tray for catching the water (optional. You could always do it outside, in a bath, or near a sink)

Constructing Shapes

This engaging construction activity lets kids create their own structures with just two household items. Working with toothpicks and marshmallows, kids will learn to manipulate elements to assemble larger structures – a key skill in construction play. For sample structures and “blueprints” that students can use, take a look at the printable below.

Build a Truck Grades 1-3

In this age group, kids are beginning to understand more complex concepts. Incorporating building projects during this stage is a great way to engage critical thinking skills and develop other abilities in key areas of study. Print off the attached worksheet and have your child color the truck. To build a paper truck, cut along the outline of the shape...

Build a Cup Castle

Creativity is born when we think out of the box. Ever thought about what else we could do with use and throw cups?. Here is a fun activity which also help in tuning their fine motor skills. Steps: 1. Arrange a set of use and throw cups together at the corner of the table. 2. Ask the children to arrange...

What Makes Bridges So Strong?

A SciShow Kids viewer wrote us to ask how bridges are strong enough to carry cars and trucks! Jessi and Squeaks can explain -- with blocks!

I Want to be a Construction Worker

This is Samantha and she wants to be a Construction Worker, can you imagine that? If she was builder she would wear all the stuff that keeps her safe on site. She would put up buildings and houses all over the city! We think Samantha would be a great construction worker.

Construction Vehicles Show for Kids

In this video, our roadheader, wrecking ball truck, excavator, bulldozer, wheel loader, and dump truck will put on an exhibition show for us. Each truck will perform their task on the field one by one. Watch how these amazing construction vehicles perform and learn how they help us in our heavy tasks for our projects.

DIY Sensory Bins - Expanding the 5 Senses

A hands-on and tactile project for your children that takes imagination, construction play, and sensory development to a whole new level! Using any sized bin (a storage container, perhaps), you can begin crafting your sensory bin by filling it with materials including but not limited to craft sand, uncooked rice or pasta, marbles, birdseeds, and more. Sensory bins can take...

Construction Vehicles Show

In this video, our roadheader, wrecking ball truck, excavator, bulldozer, wheel loader, and dump truck will put on an exhibition show for us. Each truck will perform their task on the field one by one. Watch how these amazing construction vehicles perform and learn how they help us in our work.

I want to be a Construction Worker!

This is Samantha and she wants to be a Construction Worker, can you imagine that? If she was builder she would wear all the stuff that keeps her safe on site. She would put up buildings and houses all over the city! We think Samantha would be a great construction worker

Using Blocks Builds Skills and Imagination

In a video taken at the YWCA - Central Massachusetts, children in the early childhood center, illustrate how block building skills change as they grow! Why Building with Blocks is Important: 1. Fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination, 2. Spatial skills, 3. Social skills, 4. Language skills, 5. Math skills, and 6. Innovative, creative and divergent thinking!

Popsicle Stick Bridge

In this video learn how to construct a bridge using popsicle sticks and glue. When finished use the bridge for all sorts of fun like driving toy cars on it or making it part of a story!

Police Vehicles

Just doing their job on the streets day and night. Police trucks and cruisers and fast motor bikes. Sounding their sirens and flashing their lights. Just doing their job, yeah, they’re doing it right! Kids LOVE these songs about trucks and work vehicles! Sing along as you watch these Police Vehicles in action.

Firetrucks

"Can you tell me where the fire is - we will put it out!" Kids LOVE these songs about trucks and work vehicles! Sing along as you watch these Fire Trucks, Engines and Ladders in action.

Construction Sensory Bin

In this video learn how to make your very own construction themed sensory bin! This provides a great way for kids to have a mini construction site of their own as well develop their fine motor skills.

Build a Fort

In this video learn to think like an engineer to build a fort in your home using common household objects such as blankets, cushions, chairs, or pillows. No two forts are the same, so get creative in how you make your fort! When you are done, you'll have a super secret hide-out, castle or playhouse of your own!

Build a Rocket Ship

In this video learn how to build a rocket ship using toilet paper rolls and construction paper. Ask an adult to help with cutting out and gluing the parts together and chose your favorite colors to make your rocket ship unique. When you're done, let your imagination soar to great heights with your rocket ship!

Cardboard Parking Garage

In this video learn how to construct your very own parking garage made from materials you have at home like cardboard and toilet paper rolls. When you're all done, have fun parking and driving cars in the garage!
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