Picture Maker (3D)

Uses multiple spatial relations, extending in multiple directions and with multiple points of contact among components, showing flexibility in integrating parts of the structure. Starting at 30 months, produces arches/bridges, enclosures, corners, and crosses, although may use unsystematic trial and error and simple addition of pieces.


You may see this:

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Other Examples:

  • When asked to make an arch like one an adult has made, a child uses trial and error to create an arch with vertical interior space.  

Help your student become a(n) Picture Maker (3D)

Activities for this and higher levels often involve creative construction with blocks, with the teacher noticing, describing, and encouraging types of 3D composition that are at the next level for children (challenging, but achievable). Asking questions (do you need a window in the walls? or how will they get across the water?) or even putting up pictures that illustrate that type of construct might motivate children to try that new way of composing 3D shapes. Copying each others' construction can be another helpful approach. 

Special Thanks To

Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.