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Kids love toys. If you have any doubts about that, just take a child into a toy store. He/She will probably find a number of things that she feels she just can’t live without. Toys are more than just fun and games for kids. Most toys provide at least some opportunity for children to learn. The best toys engage a child’s senses, spark their imaginations and encourage them to interact with others. One year olds favorite toy right now is definitely blocks.
Toy blocks, also called building block toys are solid shapes used for construction play. Some are simple planks made of wood. Others are fancy, like the interlocking bricks of plastic made by Lego and MegaBlox. But whatever form they take, blocks can function as powerful learning tools.
Studies suggest that toy blocks can help children develop:
• motor skills and hand-eye coordination
• engineering skills
• spatial reasoning
• cognitive flexibility
• language skills
• a capacity for creative, divergent thinking
• social competence
1.Hand eye coordination – The child has to learn to place the block on the block tower in such a way that does not topple the tower.
2.Teaches kids early math and engineering skills through hands on learning. Kids definitely learn better when they can feel objects and the best way to learn geometric shapes is to feel each and every corner. They learn how heavy the blocks are and then they learn exactly how to place the block in order for it not to fall.
3.Spatial reasoning: Young designers learn to manipulate space and objects through block play. Will this fit here? Will this fall down? Will this make the shape I want? Block play allows children to explore navigation of space and direction.
4. Structured block play may enhance cognitive flexibility: "Cognitive flexibility" is the ability to quickly shift your focus from one relevant stimulus to another. It's clearly important for success in school. But some kids struggle with it, and certain environmental factors -- like low socioeconomic status -- put children at higher risk for developmental delays. Toy blocks helps.
5. Toy blocks are linked with language development
6. Enhance logical thinking capability – it provides mental stimulation and teaches kids cause and effect. For example, if she places the block too close to the edge the tower topples over.
7.Cooperative construction play helps kids improve social skills: Research suggests that kids become friendlier and more socially-savvy when they work on cooperative construction projects. For example, in studies of children with autism, kids who attended play group sessions with toy blocks made greater social improvements than did kids who were coached in the social use of language.
Given all of these benefits, whether you are a parent or a teacher, enjoy watching your children play with blocks, or better yet, join in on the fun!