Children can learn building skills through games with their play toys and real tools and building materials. A child's age will determine the advancement of building games.Children should understand the basic construct of building in order to participate in the act of building. Children will make connections on how things are built through their play with building materials.
Building Block House
Blocks can be used with younger children to promote understanding of the shape of a home. Children will have an idea of what a house will look like, and will use blocks to make a representation of that image. Building block houses can be a game if children have a goal of use of pieces or height of house. The game will focus on keeping balance and having a stable foundation for the block house.
Houses built from Lego pieces will have more room for detail than a building block house. Lego pieces provide pieces to balance well through the connections to other pieces. Because Lego pieces connect to others directly, this will ensure stability in the houses. Lego pieces can provide the option for children to build insides of rooms. A game can be played by children to design specific features of a house.
Wooden Bird House
When a child can construct building block and Lego houses, they may be ready to use real tools to build a small wooden bird house. It will be necessary for supervision of the child for safety reasons. Instructions for a birdhouse can be given to a child before beginning construction. To make a wooden bird house, a child will need pieces of wood, a hammer and nails. This building game has directions that must to be followed in order and correctly.
Building a tree house will provide a child with a future play area. But the first game they play in their tree house will be building it. Construction of a tree house will be advanced, and adult supervision and assistance will be needed for completion. Children can fit pieces of wood together just as if they were doing a puzzle. They will have to find the right size pieces to attach to each other to create a steady foundation and sturdy walls for their tree house.