THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING WITH CONSTRUCTION TOY SETS FOR YOUR CHILD
(and it’s not just deciding to work in construction when he grows up)
Construction toy sets offer hours of creative playtime for kids of all ages. Children love to assemble building blocks into cities, vehicles, train tracks, animals, and more. This outlet for the imagination is not only fun for young learners, but it also develops key skills and abilities.
These construction processes offer children a myriad of developmental benefits that extend far beyond the playroom because the process becomes creative, with the child in control.
The skill involved in building things ensures that there is more benefit than just pure enjoyment for children when it comes to construction.
Playing with blocks and other construction toys is truly more than just play!
Building and construction projects certainly stimulate creativity and sharpen crucial skills and children who engage in activities where the toys can be built or constructed in some way will change the way they think – it’s that powerful.
In terms of child development, studies indicate that playing with construction toys promotes hand-eye coordination, motor skills, engineering skills, math skills, spatial reasoning, cognitive flexibility, problem-solving, creativity, divergent thinking, language skills, and social competence.
Let’s take a closer look at how construction toy playsets can benefit boys and girls.
HAND EYE COORDINATION:
In layman’s terms, hand eye coordination is the ability to use information received through the eyes to control and direct the hands to achieve a task such as writing, typing, catching a ball or picking up an object.
Construction toy playsets provide an entertaining way for developing hand-eye coordination abilities. As a child starts to build, their eyes send visual information to the brain to tell it where the hand is placed. The brain then generates instructions for how the hand has to move in order to create the desired object.
CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING:
Creative problem solving is resolving a challenge you may face in an imaginative and creative way. It is having the ability to think ‘outside the box’ to come up with a solution to a problem.
Construction toy sets naturally encourage exploration and development and stimulate original thinking. As they build, a child will discover what will and what won’t work, and learn to create solutions to problems so that they can achieve their desired outcome. These activities all assist the development of a child’s creative problem solving skills.
FINE MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT:
The term fine motor skills generally refers to the coordination of small muscles in the fingers and hands to make movements.
Picking up, positioning and carefully piecing together the components of a building toy assists the development of these small muscles, helping to hone a child’s fine motor skill abilities.
FOCUS, PATIENCE AND PERSISTENCE:
Successfully creating a design requires a level of planning, concentration, focus and persistence. To ensure their design comes to fruition a child will need to work carefully, have patience when something does not go to plan and persist at the task even when they encounter a problem.
Incorporating play in your child’s day can be both fun and beneficial to their growth and while they’re a lot of fun to play with, building blocks and construction sets offer so many more benefits for healthy learning and development – physically, mentally, and socially.
The development of these skills is crucial in the early years, especially when preparing for school.
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