Wonder Build

build

Build is the larges area in Wonder. It’s filled with lots and lots of our giant blue blocks, there is a variety of materials to build with, and this area accessible for different ages and abilities. Build is located in a back corner of the gallery, with two walls of blue blocks that enable children to build bigger and more exciting structures by attaching blocks to the wall. On the floor are more of these large blocks, as well as blocks that are half the size, for variety as well as easier handling. 

When your child is playing in the BUILD area….

Building with Blue Blocks allows children to create large structures, and to learn that stable and sturdy structures resist gravity and other forces.  While building structures of various sizes, children can ‘try out’ different building strategies to see what makes the sturdiest structure. Children can work together or independently as they build, and can engage in imaginative, pretend play as they bring their structures to life.

What does the research say?

Around age 3, children are able to learn and predict the outcome of simple rules, or cause-and-effect relationships: “If I do this, then that will happen.” 

By age 2, children begin to grasp the concept of gravity (the force that causes a block to fall to the floor when dropped), but don’t start to understand to the concept of inertia (the tendency for objects in motion to stay in motion) until around 5 or 6 years of age.

By the time children are 5 or 6 years old, they are developing the ability to “mentally rotate,” or spatially represent, an object. They can picture what the object or structure will look like from different perspectives, which is an important skill in building and engineering activities.

If you enjoyed the exhibits in BUILD, these activities let you continue your explorations at home

Wonder Areas

experiment
splash
Shine
crawl
climb
build