More than play: How block play builds your child's mind

When you give your child a set of LEGO Bricks to play with, you are doing far more than giving them a plaything, something that will occupy them for awhile. Several studies show that child growth and development take place when they engage in block play. So whether your child is a preschooler making a basic wall, or your tween is designing a model cityscape, there is a lot happening in the brain, and that can help them both socially and academically.

Fosters creative problem solving: Free-building, rather than following a set of instructions, presents an opportunity for creativity. Does that bridge need a reinforcement? How do we make it higher, stronger or more ornate? Though there is no single, correct way to solve any of these problems, block play allows children to experiment with multiple ideas, test them out and find ways to improve their designs.

Improves collaboration: When children are paired up and put to work at solving a problem together, they are building their people skills. Tasked with a common goal, they learn about taking the lead, about listening and patience. And unlike playing a game, a “winning move” benefits everyone. Finally, it’s easy to see how working together can lead to a beautiful friendship.

Develops spatial skills: Several studies point to a link between block play and improved performance on spatial intelligence testing. This is especially true when block-building begins in the early years.

Develops math skills: Whether a child is following a set of directions or designing on the fly, it’s hard to pull off a good construction play session without drawing on even the most elemental math skills. Children will encounter counting, measuring, spacing and patterns. It should be no surprise that studies show both preschoolers and older elementary students who play with LEGO Bricks get better grades in math.

When you sign up your child to a Bricks 4 Kidz Program, we believe it is an investment in their minds, allowing them to develop the skills they need to succeed in the classroom and in the workplace.

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