History and development of construction kits including a special study of Mobilo and Reo Click

Eric Parkinson
1997, Vol. 2, No. 1,


This research is aimed at proViding a background to the development of construction kits. It examines the various stages of official recognition of the place and purpose of construction kits in the primary curriculum in England and Wales. A brief review of some of the issues surrounding construction activities in the early years is offered. This compares and contrasts building styles which employ commercially available kits with those that utilise reclaimed materials. From this background, two well established kits are considered in detail from a small scale pilot study in a school. Research evidence in this school was gained in controlled conditions and yielded quantitative data about the ways that children interact with Reo-Click and Mobilo in open-choice building situations.

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