Anytime I am asked for a gift recommendation for children, my answer is pretty straight forward, when in doubt always choose Legos. Boys and girls both love them; the possibilities for what they can create are endless. As a parent, I admit that I have spent many hours building, creating and relaxing with the Legos, long after the kids have been tucked into bed. Legos are fun for everyone, but if you think about it, they are actually tiny little tools for learning through play!
Legos obviously unleash the creative side but they also unleash the mathematical side too! Legos make a great tool for learning to count; building with them develops and increases spatial understanding and a beginning of understanding proportion and how to scale items. Fractions are much easier to understand with an example of Legos compared to just numbers on paper! When you consider that, it is easy to imagine almost any math lesson being not only easier to understand with such a powerful visual example but also a lot more fun.
Legos can play a wonderful role in developing and strengthening fine motor skills. Fine motor skills and hand strength play a big role in handwriting skills, which are a common road block for elementary aged children. Encouraging your children to build with Legos could help with their handwriting skills?!
A good building session can put problem-solving and critical thinking skills to work! I always find that when we dive into the blocks having a general idea of what we want to create and improvising is so much more fun than following step by step instructions.
Legos are the toy of childhood without a doubt, but understanding how useful they are as a learning aid makes me rethink the term building toy. It is hard to think of such a useful tool for learning as a just a toy.
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