Developing skills with tools
We are really excited to explore with these very grown-up tools. Using these tools are a unique learning opportunity for young children. Here ́s why Learning to solve a problem in not an innate skill, especially when there are lots of loving people as well as technology to solve small daily skill.
So the exploration environment invites children to practice problem solving by creating their ideas in a 3-d type of way. How can you get a box to be a robot? Can you use anything to be the legs of the robot? How big do the legs have to be and how will they be attached.
Problem solving is a life skill that has underlying values: creativity, perserverance, flexibility and communication. By working with real tools and building real objects we value the work that the children are doing and promote their respect and understanding of learning.
Tinkering activities also build peer relationships in children. Tinkering activities can support team work and collaboration to improve the social relationships between children. Their eyes light up and all the children become very serious when using the tools. They recognise that this work needs their attention and focus. Being able to use these materials requires self-regulation, and commitment to being patient.