making a sand castle

Do you remember making something as a child? I remember making doll clothes and being so proud of what I made. The doll clothes became more complicated as I got older and learned how to sew, and it was fun to make outfits for my doll to go on a picnic or whatever I was playing with her at the moment. I also remember making other things such as loom pot holders and dying Easter eggs. I loved making things!

Our preschoolers today also enjoy making things. There is a whole “making” movement that is making its way even within preschool education. We have seen it for a while now in adults with do-it-yourself projects being so popular. Now we are seeing the making movement arising for preschoolers and children. Much of making with preschoolers involves science, technology, arts, and math. Preschoolers are encouraged to experiment and explore in building structures, taking apart equipment, or using various art media. Preschoolers might combine technology with other areas, such as using printed photos as a background for their painting.

The focus of the making movement is more on how preschoolers figure out how to make something rather than the finished product of what they make. There is so much learning that happens when preschoolers make things. Depending on the project, they might have to use numbers, shapes or geometry, or mixing colors. They learn concepts such as above, below, inside, outside, same, different, in front, or behind. Preschoolers are also involved physically as they stir, build, or paint. Fine motor skills are used with scissors, a wrench, or tongs.

Take a look at your Mission Friends class to see how making is incorporated in your activities. When you make a recipe, include preschoolers in measuring, stirring, and pouring. Give preschoolers the art materials, and let them experiment to make an object related to the missions area. Involve them in making things for your Helping Others activities. If a session activity is to make a tent in the Books area, involve preschoolers in figuring out how to make the tent. Once they make the tent, they will really want to sit inside to read!

As you think about the making movement, think about your preschoolers in Mission Friends. What is it that they like making?

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