An example of a toddler mini-investigation on construction
Different mediums offer different types of strength when using materials to connect pieces as the children create a big structure out of smaller parts. Using play dough helps the children to manipulate a sturdy connecting medium to build houses and barns for their animal toys out of Popsicle sticks and wood cookies.
Teachers provided the cups to build biggest to smallest, allowing for conversations about observations and comparisons.
Using flour and water to create a paste helps the children to compare a thinner medium that may be used for building with paper or other more flexible materials.