Planning is the very first phase in the City building project. It is also, in my estimation, an important step for kids to grasp. What I teach my own kids is that there is nothing magical about finishing a project. You don’t just close your eyes, open them, and Kapoosh! it’s all done. Though even adults would like that to be the case with a few things in our life, it is not how it happens. Our mind is in a constant motion of planning. What are we going to wear? What are we going to eat? What are we going to work on? The list is endless.
What I would like to illustrate through this City building project is the process with planning. It is intentional and includes details. Sometimes, planning takes place, and it is not necessary that we write anything down. An example is what we are planning for dinner or what we will wear to school. But, with bigger projects like the City building one, we have to write down our plans. Writing them out will help us stay organized, and foresee the next steps.
Components of Planning
The components of planning for the City building project mimic some of the things you would see with other projects. Things like brainstorming, creating a list of materials, drawing a map and writing out instructions are typical. Another point worth mentioning is the sharing component. If you are working with other people, the planning phase includes a sharing of everyone’s ideas. Sharing your thoughts and listening to what others have to say not only allows for a diverse pool of ideas, but at the same time, makes everyone feel included in the project.
When my son Max told me he wanted the city to have a canal like the one in Venice, my first thought was, “Can I pull that off?” My response to him was, “Sure, we can!” While in school he loved the lessons in history that talked about Venice. The Italian way of life and how they would ride down the canal on the gondola fascinated him. My son’s idea will give our city some uniqueness and challenge our creativity. That’s exactly what you want in your project.
Remember, at the beginning when I mentioned there is nothing magical about finishing a project? Well, planning allows you to see all the hard work you will put into the project. When the City is complete, we will know exactly how it happened. We took the time to plan it out and follow through with the plans. That’s something we will be able to take pride in. This City building project is more than just having fun creating pieces. At the core, it teaches skills for building youth and providing knowledge through play and creativity. If you have an idea for a project, take it to the next step and plan it out. You won’t regret it.
[Taunya is nurse, author, and a two year homeschool veteran. Her Summer includes travel, writing, and projects with the kids. Find her author page at facebook.com/authorTSW]