To some people the educational benefits of playing with the colourful, multi-faceted bricks aren’t always clear.
I have crafted some key benefits of creating, configuring and crafting with building blocks.
- Robotics as a whole develops problem solving and mathematical thinking. Following instructions to assemble Lego or other building blocks also has a lot of benefits for children’s problem solving, focus and attention to detail. Ideas of symmetry, balance, shapes and sizes are explored during play with building blocks. For example, children experience working with fractions when they observe how many small pieces can fit into a large piece and can begin to experiment with division.
- Building blocks improve creativity
Creativity is improved as children use various shapes, colours and sizes of the blocks to construct intricate designs, be it a castle or a rocket traveling to the moon. Creativity and imagination is fostered when there is no limitations to what your children can make. When there is no right or wrong, the children can explore their creativity without the fear of failure. Hurray!
- Working with building blocks improves communication skills
It’s is a great way to relieve stress and engage in meaningful and joyful conversations. As children comment on their creations, they develop important communication skills including the ability to explain ideas, describe their work, talk about the process and verbalise challenges that they had along the way.
- It develops lateral thinking and planning skills. Following building instructions can be challenging. However, it does help children to develop planning skills as well as lateral thinking. When faced with an assembly problem, children have to retrace their steps and analyse their work in order to find parts that need fixing.
- Like all of robotics, building blocks as would be with Lepin or Lego develops persistence.
We’ve all watched in horror a carefully constructed tower fall over. It teaches children the importance of persisting with a task to see their vision realised. Children have to have a go, take their time and to persevere. As fine motor skills improve, they can create more elaborate construction and follow complex designs, a vital human skill.
- Robotics as a whole and building with blocks in particular encourages team work. Children learn how to share and take turns. When working together, children have to agree on the general idea of their play – is it a castle, a car or a spaceship? Children have to follow each other’s direction and begin to understand how different ideas can add and improve their play. They also have to learn to negotiate roles, responsibilities and take constructive criticism in order to have an enjoyable social experience.
- It promotes fine motor skills. Children practise dexterity as they connect, for example,Lego pieces of different sizes and shapes. This requires different amounts of pressure to assemble and becomes a wonderful exercise for little fingers which supports children in being able to control the pressure they apply while writing. It’s a cross curricular benefit.
- Building with blocks improves self-esteem. Connecting small pieces to create a final product that follows a child’s vision can be challenging. Achieving this task holds immense sense of satisfaction that is obvious in a child’s smile when they proudly show off their completed work. This has an immensely positive effect on a child’s self esteem.
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