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EYLF Outcome 4: children are confident and involved learners

4.4: children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials 

Preschool Literacy Indicators: I use language to connect with my world

Preschool Numeracy Indicators: I explore and understand my place and space in the world

Inquiry Question

How can we make a cubby from things in our home and garden?

Learning Experience

Children love to make cubbies, and this can be done either indoors or outdoors from things you already have in your home. Building the cubby provides lots of opportunities for exploring ideas and testing theories.  Encourage your child to talk about what they’re doing as they make the cubby.  This helps to build vocabulary and oral language. 

The below link gives some simple ideas for making a cubby either inside or outside. 

The cubby will set up further play experiences for your child as she decides what will go inside, things like toys and books, and what she’ll play while in there. 

Link: How to build a cubby in your own backyard

Why is this important?

Children bring their creative thinking, planning and problem solving to cubby building. Cubbies can be made inside or outside from a range of materials already in homes.  Children need to work out how they will build a cubby, what materials they’ll use, how they’ll secure it, what they’ll put in it, etc.  The thinking, planning, talking all help to build children’s literacy and numeracy skills.