Creativity in the EYFS KS1 & KS2
Children develop higher order thinking, manipulating & balancing skills.
Children may intuitively choose to connect a piece without using one of the slots. They may even choose to simply lay pieces on others in the structure. Encourage them when this happens or suggest it when you feel it may be appropriate for them to try it. By viewing any area of any piece of u-nu as a connection opportunity children can break out of the idea that everything has to be built by the ‘rules’.
An extension of this is to build more than one structure that combines with others. This enables children with more experience to build some very articulate representations of real-world objects & creatures.
My seven-year-old son Frank built the train pictured below by employing this very same technique.