Just because we only have girls and no boys does not mean we are limited to a life of pink glitter and dolls (even though we do have our fair share). We also play with trucks and mud. Why? It has nothing to do with popular gender debates or gender roles. It simply comes down to the fact that there are a lot of lessons to be learned through working with our hands and building.
With this play set we work on skills such as:
- Creativity: “What can we build using these materials?”
- Following Directions: “Before we build this tower we have to get 5 wood blocks.”
- Communication: Asking questions that require more than a yes or no answer “What does this sandpaper feel like?”
- Work Ethic: We talk about the difference between doing a good job and doing something fast. We talk about fixing our mistakes and not ignoring them.
- Safety: We discuss why we need to wear a hard hat and glasses.
We also work on fine motor skills. Below is the picture of a block we made to help improve our fine motor skills. I glued these bolts to the wood piece using hot glue and then allow Evalynn to spin the nuts on and off. We even learned the concept “lefty loosy, righty tighty” (for those who don’t know that means if you turn something left it will loosen up if you turn it right then it will fasten it and make it tighter).