Learning Benefits of Construction Play

Construction play involves manipulating one or multiple elements of the play environment to construct something new. This may involve all sorts of construction methods – stacking, assembling, disassembling, sorting or moulding, to name a few.

Construction play allows the children to;

• Co-operate, take turns and share equipment as part of a group
• Respect and value others ideas
• Take care of equipment
• Use the language of negotiation e.g. please can I have some of the wheels
• Develop confidence in using a variety of construction materials
• Develop independence in constructing with different materials
• Extend imagination
• Talk about what they have done with confidence and a sense of achievement
• Take responsibility for their own play e.g. planning, designing and creating a construction individually or as part of a group activity