Did you know that playing with toys such as Lego and blocks helps children develop? There are both short and long term positive effects of playing with construction toys. For instance, children can learn basic colours and shapes which are routine and immediate, while also learning visual-spatial awareness which will help develop future reading and writing skills. Children will also learn to cooperate with others as well as problem solve. Both skills are needed in childhood and as an adult.
Math and Science Skills
Building with Lego bricks fosters spatial reasoning and awareness of proportions and patterns. As a child builds, their mind is reasoning about what pieces will work best, how they should be arranged and how big or small the creation should be. The basic Lego bricks also teach fractions and division. From whole to half to quarter, children are learning fractions without even realizing it. Physics and engineering skills are also stealthily being developed. As a child builds a tall building or bridge, they are learning to think in three dimensions, balance weight and use supports for these structures.
The most obvious physical benefit of building with Lego is the development of fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are those that require small muscle movements. As a child manipulates the Lego bricks, they are developing the coordination of the small muscles in their fingers and hands. The ability to follow directions is also a benefit of Lego building. Many Lego kits come with step-by-step instructions that a child must follow in order to complete the task.
As a child builds with Legos, they are using problem-solving skills. They have to figure out which blocks work in their building, sometimes using the trial and error method. Planning and organizing are other benefits. Lego building requires the child to have a plan before they build, even if it is only a basic one. They must also organize their thoughts as well as the Lego pieces in order to bring her idea to life.
Creativity is, perhaps, the most obvious of the benefits of learning with Lego. Building with blocks fosters a child’s creativity. A child can toss aside the instructional kits and use only the Lego bricks to create anything their mind can imagine. Free, open-ended play encourages children to think outside the box and dream up endless possibilities.
Which ages can enrol?
In our Lego Club we accept children from all ages.
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