I love having a good variety of items available to build with within our space. Blocks offer incredible opportunities for learning.
Today I brought our pvc pipe connector set inside to have available for indoor play during the winter. Of course, as soon as brought in, interested hands began to explore. For the youngest it was about taking in and out of the container. For the school-age it was about building a fort. (Interesting how inside and outside usage is different.)
My challenge was to get the school-age to work through it not being about building the fort quickly, but to think/plan/try and solve. That means encouragement, guidance and keeping busy enough to not be able to place my hands on directly. Those clues or guidance were heard and the materials were organized/sorted to make easier to use.
Then the first side was used to model the second.
Solved that one cross brace would not hold the fort up or the structure together. Needed 2.
Then how to move into place?
After fell apart when tried to move alone, asked directly for help as realized 1 on each side working together would move it in one piece.
Covered and using. Shortly joined by others.
This pvc connector set was low cost, easy to make, and offers great learning opportunities only limited by imaginations. I used 1″ pipe for strength. If making a set like this I strongly suggest purchasing a ratcheting pvc pipe cutting tool (under$15).