Playful Parenting: Bringing Play to Every Day

Playful Parenting: Bringing Play to Every Day

Take Things Apart

Explore the inner workings of old machines.
For Ages: 6 and up

What You’ll Need

  • Screwdrivers
  • Adjustable pliers
  • Wire cutter or heavy-duty scissors
  • Old VCR, clock radio, answering machine, computer, toaster or other devices

Safety Notes

  • Don’t take apart TVs, computer monitors, microwaves, air conditioners or things with glass
  • Cut off electrical cords before kids get started
  • Avoid using force to pry things apart
  • Use safety glasses for added protection

What You’ll Do

  • Cut off electrical cords
  • Start loosening screws
What Kids Learn
How to Support the Play
  • Let your child use the tools
  • If your child gets stuck or struggles a bit, ask open-ended questions to get them going again (“How do you think this comes apart?” or “Where do you want to start?”)
  • If needed, guide your child – but avoid taking over entirely
  • Notice what your child is doing and comment about what you see



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