HBM017: Do you like what I made?


Do you like what I made?

By Carme Roca

A 2-year-old child is capable of understanding more than it can express verbally, so playing is the way it explores the world.


A good way to start this project is to favour fine motor skills with building blocks. From about 1 year old, a child can build towers, stacking pieces, and create different colour combinations, even fit pieces in place.


So.... once upon a time, thanks to a collaboration agreement with LEGO Iberia, some DUPLO pieces arrived at school and the children had the opportunity of building, creating and discovering many ways to play!!!



With the children of the group of 1-year-old born at the beginning of the year (almost 2 years old), LAS GRANOTAS, we started with a first contact with the DUPLO animals. We emptied out two boxes of the 6784 set on each table (no chairs). The happy faces and the surprise were the best part. Some started building, other classifying by colour and choosing pieces of the same colour as their starting block, ...


Concentration, pride in recognising what they are doing, smiles, expressions, ability to walk around to look for the pieces they want, others ask for help....  Later sessions we did on the floor: MUCH BETTER!!!

The children in the class of 1-year-old born at the end of the year (those that had just turned 1), LAS TORTUGAS, started just like the first group. First they experimented, some threw pieces on the floor to find out what it sounded like. Later, the educators introduced the templates with animal shapes in order to complete them. They did the game and the children copied. They would take a pieces and the children would take a similar one. They children understood there was an empty spot in the template and they fitted the piece in correctly.


In a second sessions they were more concentrated because they knew what they were going to do. Even so, they threw some pieces on the floor, but picked them up immediately. They tried to put the pieces on the templates, trying to match both shape and colour, stacking pieces to build towers and they tidies up all the pieces one by one: BRAVO!!!!!!!



In the class of 2-year-olds, LOS PINGÜINOS, we were working around a city theme and in order to learn by playing we placed the city theme blocks in 4 containers. At each table there were 4-5 children.                                                      

We let them experiment, first, and as expected, they surprised us. Some made cars with or without wheels, others houses. Some looked at the models to get ideas from the images and others built towers fitting pieces together... and all were proud of their creations, while respecting the quiet environment and their classmates. Some have even built a landscape and shared in symbolic play.  The interesting thing is that it was a free activity that was not at any time coordinated by an adult and without a marked objective.                                                                          

In each session, when the kids started to lose interest we asked them to put away the pieces in the corresponding container or box, loose, so that play could be resumed on the next day. Some children kept strict watch that all bricks were loose and there was no conflict regarding this.


In the next session they were very participative and with the same attitude as in the previous session and we decided to do an exhibition with their creations. WHAT A SUCCESS!!!!!!


All of this is just a sample of what the children of between 1 and 2 years old at Llar d'Infants el Timbalet