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The Benefits of Play at an Early Age

Benefits

Playing at  an early age with building blocks, children start to develop  grasping, and hand to eye coordination. toddler playing with building blocks Children will begin by placing one block upon another and  progress to larger and more complex structures as they grow more confident. Learning that a tower of blocks may topple without proper support helps children develop valuable spatial identification skills.The joy of success when I child builds his first tower Figuring out how pieces of a toy fit together, to build a bridge, a house or a car encourages rational thinking and planning and cooperation with playmates. Playing with construction toys is crucial to a child’s ever-developing cognitive and thinking skills.

Some of the benefits are:

  • The improvement of fine motor skill development by the act of reaching for and grasping the blocks and other components.
  • Other advantages are structure making and understanding of forms that work and those that don’t.
  • Also understanding of cause and effect, like the fact that what you build may fall down and why that happened.
  • They also come to realize that most of what they create, as the final product, rarely looks as it was intended in the beginning.
  • Playing with construction sets provides a natural way for children to learn about science and experiment with simple machines, such as inclined planes, pulleys, pendulums, levers and gears and of course gravity.
  • In addition, children who build with building block sets are exploring math concepts such as spatial relationships, shape recognition, comparing and measuring size and length.

Children who build with toy building block  or construction sets are exploring math concepts such as spatial relationships, shape recognition, comparing and measuring size and length, width and height.     Motor errors are as informative as successful actions. Research is reviewed on intentional actions, beginning with block play … A Critical Cognitive Skill by Rachel KeenDepartment of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904

Community Play starts to develop

Community play is important Teamwork, creativity, perseverance and problem-solving skills can also be enhanced through construction projects when they share the experience. Construction toys, of any kind, have many benefits for young children, in the long run. Building with a variety of components encourages play while  learning of early engineering skills (i.e. the bottom block goes first…).

Playing with age-appropriate toys promotes hand-eye coordination and course and fine motor development mist manufacturer will list the suggested age for their toys. Noting that the ultimate decision is up to the parents based on the cognitive growth of their child……” it seems reasonable for parents to ask if toys can provide their kids with meaningful educational experiences…” A guide for the science-minded – by Gwen Dewar

However,  time and time again we see children improve their socialization by playing and cooperating with other kids in their age group and adults.

Summary

Children, of all ages, will spend many happy hours, never knowing that they are learning so many things, that they will use, in the rest of their life. While building seemingly random structures they are allowing themselves to occupy time, relax and make noise.

This solves a lot of problems for younger kids who have issues because they are inarticulate and have difficulty communicating with others. Building is another way to communicate because kids often talk with themselves, at the toys or to others during play.

This video is amazing and shows how this group takes the simple building block and challenges the student to do amazing things. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Building block toys teach the child self confidence and trust in their abilities, as well as, the boost it gives creativity and imagination. Kids ( young and old ) will enjoy and benefit for the addition of building blocks to their life.

In our next post we will speak of how building blocks help with rehabilitation.

Until we meet again!
Barb & Walt

Why Buy Building Blocks For Your Children

Why are blocks so important to Kids

LEGO Classic sets for young and old.
LEGO Classic sets for young and old.

There are many reasons to buy building blocks for your children. To begin with,  our child has a need to learn and blocks help to satisfy that basic instinct. If you watch long enough you’ll

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Wooden Block sets from Melissa and Doug span the ages.

notice that children will play with anything. They will stack random things like boxes, pots, pans, bowls, and anything that they can get their little hands around. This can often lead to disasters.

The humble building block helps channels that potentially destructive instinct to a more positive exercise. With the blocks, a child can learn so many things without the direct supervision of adults. However, it is a tremendous experience to both of you if you can set aside playtime with your kids and be amazed at how creative and imaginative they really are.

Benefits to using blocks

Blocks can be instrumental in:

  • teaching children spatial reasoning, Geometry, vocabulary, hand to eye coordination, imagination and creativity just to name a few.
  • When playing in this way the child learns to grasp different things, and to compare sizes, shapes and colors.
  • As the child experiments, they naturally engage in the scientific method which is also known as trial and error. While becoming more familiar with various shapes, colors, and sizes they begin to better understand the world around them.
  • They learn about organization, measurement and even gravity.
  • Playing with blocks also helps the development of vocabulary because the child will naturally want to tell you what they are making or have made.
  • Social skills also improve as children learn to share and cooperate.

 


 

Furthermore, in the article,  “Playing with Building Blocks of Creativity Help Children with Autism” by  Deborah A. Napolitano, Ph.D., BCBA-D., it is stated that: “The study’s findings could pave the way for new studies testing interventions that attempt to improve a wide variety of social skills and behaviors among people with ASD,” said Napolitano. “With positive reinforcement and teaching sessions, such tasks as engaging in novel conversations, posing new questions and creating new ways to play could be within reach for children with ASD.” This study was done entirely with LEGOs building block toys. These Findings, not only offer hope to parents of children with Autism but points the way for all parents to help their children learn and succeed in life.

So, if you buy just one toy this year, make it a building block toy. It should be age appropriate but the choices are endless. They range from simple wooden blocks (Tinkertoy, KEVA Planks), and Lincoln Log, or Lego Classic or Lego Education series  to specialized block sets  up to 5000 plus piece specialized block sets to simple electronics (Technic) and robotic (Mindstorm) toys.

They are also finding a home in theme based sets of movies and games such as Disney’s  Frozen, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings , and video games like Minecraft.

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until we meet again…

Barb & Walt

Welcome to Best Building Blocks for Kids Blog

Welcome to BBB for Kids

Our Posts  will not only complement our super store opening soon but will be a combination of some history about building blocks, how they have changed through the generation from simple wooden items to the sophisticated ones of today; like in the  Mindstorm and Lego Technic . They are also finding a home in theme based sets of movies and games such as Disney’s  Frozen, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings , and video games like Minecraft.

We will also discuss how these simple toys have been used not only for play but in education for the young and as a rehabilitative tool for all ages.

 


And of course, doing reviews on the latest building sets and comparing them with others as for quality and interest.

As always…unlock  your child’s creativity and imagination in something the whole family can enjoy for generations.

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until we meet again…
Barb & Walt