Toys and games are flooding the markets, but one such toy that really helps your child in his/her early years is ‘blocks’. Yes you heard that right, the simple and plain not so flashy ‘blocks’. These simple toys are a great tool for the growth and progress of your child. Development psychologist Rachel Keen states that, “parents and teachers need to design the environments that encourage and enhance problem solving from a young age” (Keen 2011). Studies have shown that playing with blocks and construction toys has physical, social, intellectual, and language development benefits for the child.
Benefits Of Playing Blocks
- Help in development of motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
- Enhances creative and divergent*divergent*
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- Enhances a child’s problem solving ability.
- Develops design skill as it encourages the child to take in consideration the weight of the blocks, balance and stability of the design, and the presentation of the design.
- Allows and encourages interaction. This allows for imagination to thrive collectively thus providing a learning platform in terms of both knowledge and social interaction.
- Develop and improves math skills – in terms of counting, addition, and subtraction.
- Introduces science concepts like gravity in their lives.
- Children understand the concept of sequence, an important early reading skill
How To Get The Most Of Block Play
You can use blocks to enhance your child’s growth and development by adding cognitive*cognitive*
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- Encourage storytelling with the use of toys, as well as add character toys to the story. For e.g. build a stable for the toy horse, or a fort for the emperor. This will improve a child’s language ability, encourage creative thinking, and provide new and innovative construction projects each time.
- Provide specific building tasks to enhance their observational skills as well as push them to build harder structures.
- Boost children to use their imaginations. Allow them to build something around and idea or a concept and observe what they perceive and create out of it.
- Allow for team building and social opportunities by bringing children together to play with blocks. This will improve their social skills as well sow the seeds of team spirit.
With so many flashy toys and books available we sometimes forget the importance of the basic things available. Expose your child to the advantages of these simple toys, and have a little fun with them.