DIY stands for Do It Yourself. It is an activity of creating, modifying, or building anything by ourselves. We can customize it based on our needs and desires. In making something DIY, experts don't get involved in the process.
We can introduce this activity when they are 3 or 4 years old. At this phase, their body, including hands, are developing more optimally. The brain part related to movement control starts to grow more maturely. So, they can start using their fine motor skills which are required when doing this.
Here are beneficial things that preschoolers will get:
1. Improves creativity
Since DIY is not helped by expert guidance, we can customize anything freely. To get a custom preschool like what they expect, they need some fresh ideas.
2. A proper medium for self-expression
Preschoolers can use DIY to show their sense of art the way that they want. They can also use DIY to distract negative emotions into a productive form.
3. Exercises fine motor skills
Since their physical aspect grows more mature at this age, DIY requires them to work with hands and fingers when sticking, drawing, or cutting. All these activities are included in fine motor classification.
4. Develops ability to work in a team
To make it safe and sound, preschoolers are guided by parents or teachers. They have to follow the instructions from their guides. So, the result will be satisfying. It can also create bigger things that need two or more people to solve faster and easier. Those activities train them to socialize with others.
We need to pay attention to the following things so that DIY does not injure anyone:
1. Make sure that we have prepared the required things so that they aren’t missing before starting to create DIY.
2. Make plans to spend time doing DIY. This aims to have enough time for them to focus on DIY so that they don't feel rushed
3. If we buy factory toys that attach the instructions on the box or watch custom preschool tutorials on videos, make sure we follow every step.
4. Sense the measurement reasonably. For instance, if we only find a custom preschool tutorial for four people, but we only work with two people, we can reduce the size of the thing that we will work on.
5. Let them use heat and electricity under the supervision of parents or teachers. Make sure that there are no chipped cables or we have adequate space to start the flame.
6. Watch them so they don’t put things inside their mouth so that they don’t get choked or intoxicated.