Building blocks are a great way to stimulate creativity in children. From fitting their first block in place to building a whole castle, this whole process plays a very significant role in a child’s development. Choosing the right type of building toys for your kid according to his/her age is also essential.
Playing with building toys has both short-term and long-term benefits. For example, children can learn colors and shapes while simultaneously developing visual-spatial awareness, which will aid in the development of future reading and writing abilities. Children will also learn to work cooperatively with others and solve problems.
For young ones, there are wooden blocks or plastic blocks with large pieces to help them easily hold those pieces and fit them in place. Everyone has heard of origami. Paper is not frightening if it is well-engineered and prepared. Starting with perforated models that eliminate the need for scissors, working with paper frequently entails simply slotting together and using pre-scored folds to make the model come together fast. This provides youngsters with a fantastic final result before they even consider sticking and waiting for them to set before moving on to the next phase.
Make sure to keep young kids away from scissors and glue for as long as possible. One example is Jenga. Jenga is a Swahili word that means to build. You must have heard of these games. They are an excellent example of building toys that can boost creativity, and problem-solving skills, and enhance cognitive development. Whether they are fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, social competence, or engineering skills, building toys provide them all.
A study conducted shows that some researchers chose certain children at random to participate in daily scheduled block play sessions. The challenges were easy in the beginning (for example, "construct a tower"). However, as the children became more comfortable with the materials, they were given more difficult assignments (for example, "copy the structure you see in this picture"). The researchers found no significant changes over time. The youngsters who had participated in organized block play, on the other hand, demonstrated improvements in cognitive flexibility by the conclusion of the trial.
Moreover, children with the most exposure to building toys also exhibit fine mathematics skills and are expected to learn complex mathematics concepts easily. With the help of buildings, which is just unstructured play, a child begins to develop mental abilities. Children can make whatever they want thus, enhancing their imagination.
Besides, building toys also aid in child interaction. You can collaborate with your children to make fun structures. Kids can also invite their friends and develop social skills. The simpler the toy, the more creative your child can get as he/she can do whatever he/she wants.
Building toys are also referred to as STEM toys because they provide skills needed for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Some advanced building toys can be made into working models which will give your child an understanding of machines and robotics from an early age. Even older children love building toys. Building toys are for every age group ranging from generic models to complex systems.
When it comes to construction, students must select what will and will not work. They must be able to think rapidly and alter designs as necessary. This aids in the development of critical problem-solving abilities that are necessary for both school and life.
Because today's children are overly reliant on technology, it's always a good idea for them to play with toys that emphasize hands-on, interactive pleasure that needs cognitive abilities.
The above article is written by Ahmed & Abdullah. They are a twin brother duo based in Pakistan. Ahmed loves to play football and Abdullah loves to build websites. Abdullah's optimistic approach and Ahmed's creative imagination is what makes them unique. Their favourite sport is football and they both love to hang out together.