The quintessential image we picture in our minds when we think of a toddler learning is that of a three year old playing with building blocks. Parents know that building blocks, whether plastic, foam or wooden, aid in the development of young children through constructive open play. I believe they are still imperative through the later years of adolescence- its an enriching afterschool activity.
Sophisticated toys have nothing on building blocks. They are truly ideal for learning because they engage children pf any age wholly. Their minds, their bodies, their creative spirits and their intellectual muscle are all involved in the play of building blocks.
Building blocks change with the growing chid as they fulfill their different needs. As infants and toddlers, building blocks are tactile wonders. Later, they are used to build towers for the pleasure of knocking down. As your child learns about the world around them, the blocks help them build rudimentary structures. Imaginative play starts to take shape, more complex structures abound. Eventually, older children will use the blocks to design what is in their minds, create unique patterns and works of art.
The benefits of simple building blocks are undeniable:
-Blocks enhance dexterity, increase finger strength and hone eye-hand coordination
-Blocks can enhance math skills through the process of adding, subtracting or grouping blocks
-Blocks provide natural brain stimulation in a world driven by technology
-Blocks encourage cooperation in group play
-Blocks require spontaneous creativity which is necessary for problem solving
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Article By Nuria Almeida
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