Building Skyscrapers with Loose Parts
Our son has been fascinated by skyscrapers for a while now. This is somewhat amusing because the city we live in doesn't have much in the way of a skyline, but fascinated he is. He has stared in wonder at them when we visit other cities like Nashville and Houston, but it wasn't until we did our Little Passports World Landmarks unit that he really started investigating this interest.
Obviously landmarks are not the same as skyscrapers, but his favorites - the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa - had height in common. This started to be evident in his block playing so I set up this simple invitation at the table.
Set up a spot for each child with a workmat, a large piece of cardboard for a base, bottle of glue.
Fill a basket with loose parts. My godmom had just sent me a basket of beautiful wooden spools so I started with those. I will admit I was a little sad to part with them so I saved some for other projects, but I knew the moment I saw them that they would inspire building.
I did not give them any guidelines at all. They asked me what the invitation was for and I turned the question back at them "what do you think you could make?" They got right to work and interestingly they both built cities. Her's was more spaced out and focused less on height. His had fewer buildings, but height was key. He worked hard for several days on getting his towers tall enough.
I waited until they seemed done. They hadn't added anything to the towers for a day or two. Then I set them back on the table with some other art supplies and their tinkertrays. We continued this way until they seemed truly satisfied with their creations.
Ideas for Extra Materials:
what else can you think of?
A Base (we used cardboard)
Loose Parts (wooden spools & other found items)
The cities are in our block area right now and I am curious to see if and how they get integrated into play there. Where will we go next? Some ideas right now:
*Visit tallest tower in Jackson. Still mulling over this idea because it isn't impressive.
*Find some books about skyscrapers
*Try different invitations in the block area
*Find photos of skyscrapers to add to block area
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