We just saw children using a rolling pin to make pretend crusts and fillings for pastries. Using the rolling pin transformed the dough from a thick ball to a flat crust. It gave children a sense of control over their materials and the chance to say, “I can do it!” One child learned that holding the rolling pin in the middle was the most effective way to squish the dough. Having a tool like a rolling pin created new opportunities for what children could do with their dough and enhanced their play experience.
Children learn about technology by exploring different types of tools and materials. Things like ramps, wheels, and gears provide lots of options for experimenting. Children can use simple tools to make things or solve problems. Rolling pins, scissors, zippers, and light switches are all examples of simple, yet effective tools.
With adult support, children can also use or solve problems with more complex technologies. They can learn to use computers, tablets, smartphones, robots, and cameras. Whether the technology is simple or complex, adults can support children’s exploration. Consider asking questions about what tools might help solve a problem. Ask children questions about how a tool could be used in different ways. By using tools and technologies, children discover that they are capable of doing many exciting things.
- the support a caregiver provides a child to help them achieve more than they would be able to accomplish on their own
- (science, technology, engineering, math) a group of topics linked by a common focus and approach