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Few toys have more play value than building blocks. Building blocks are versatile. Unlike a toy garage or farm setting, a set of blocks can become whatever your child wishes them to be! (A farm one day or a skyscraper the next!) They can be enjoyed alone or with a friend. They’re also a raw material for many kinds of hands-on learning that build language and math concepts.
As your child plays with blocks they also play around with symbolic thinking, making one thing stand for something else. This kind of thinking is a giant intellectual step taking the child closer to using more abstract symbols like words and numbers. Instead of asking what this toy can do… Building blocks invite kids to ask themselves… What can they do with these blocks today?
Using building blocks requires your child to put them in a position so that they do not topple over. As a result, hand-eye coordination improves the more the child plays. The act of grasping the blocks itself serves as good practice for gripping objects and strengthens the fingers and hands of the child.
Your child learns to think logically when playing with building blocks. After a few tries at building something, your child will learn that the blocks have to be arranged and placed properly to stand sturdy. An older child will also realize that a stronger base can be made if you arrange most of the blocks at the bottom. Logical thinking skills are crucial in a child’s intellectual development.
Studies have shown that the inclusion of building blocks in playtime helps develop language and mathematical skills, as well as creativity among children. Language skills develop when the child learns the names of the colors, shapes, and sizes of building blocks. Mathematical skills are sharpened when a child learns to add up or subtract the number of building blocks required to build a structure. Learning how to create different types of structures using buildings blocks will stimulate their creative mind as well.
Building blocks are the type of toys that a child can share with others. By encouraging them to play together they learn how to interact and cooperate. This among the first forms of teamwork your child can engage in. It may be difficult to comprehend how toys as simple as building blocks offer so many benefits. But it’s wonderful to know that age-old, simple toys can serve such a good purpose.
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