4 ways to prepare your child for school
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Lay out your materials and resources in an area where you can get a little messy. Allow your child to choose whatever materials and ways they wish to start creating – you could preempt this by talking about their favourite things. For example, do they like firefighters? You could make a fire engine and hose together using some tissue boxes, paint, etc.
You could stack some materials on top of one another to make a tall tower! (This is also a great way to introduce prepositions such as on top, next to, under). Once stacked, explore what can be used to stick them together, “I wonder how we can stick these together to make a tower?” – trial and error your sticking materials to see which works best. Let your child use their problem-solving skills to make suggestions and support these. If one does not work, discuss – “I wonder if something else could work?”
You could then paint the tower or stick lots of material on it to make a wonderful creation. If your child simply enjoys getting messy, let them explore and create! There does not have to be an end result – open-ended play is great and puts no pressure on the child; it’s just fun and allows them to explore texture, colours and so on!