Learning can be made congenial if it is of interest to the kids. The best way to learn is to enjoy the process. Therefore, interactive games are considered to be an ideal way to teach a kid. Lego teaches children to use simple materials to complete a job that is a creation of their imagination, like making a house with people in it depicting a storyline. Here are 6 incredible skills kids learn by playing with LEGO.
1. Learning The Basics: Shapes, Color and Mathematics
Since kids have a short attention span, teaching through play can have a greater impact on them. As they pick up a LEGO piece and try to figure out their utility, they learn about different shapes and colors. The process of building awakens their motor senses and gives a spark to their imagination.
Let’s be honest, many kids find mathematics tiresome and often give up for the fear of it. But it can be enjoyed if taught in an innovative approach. LEGO is a great way to teach them 123s, geometry, symmetry, Mensuration, etc. They introduce engineering and technological concepts to the kids in a fun way like giving an idea to make a bridge or a house.
2. Health Benefits
Lego is a great tool for mental workouts. It builds your kid’s tiny muscles. Bright and colorful LEGO pieces are a great way of strengthening eyesight as well as teaching them hand-eye coordination.
Is your kid a slow learner or mentally challenged? In an article published in the ‘Disability and Health Journal’, researchers found that LEGO is an effective tool to improve inclusion and social skills among children with autism. It teaches them soft skills like persistence and team spirit while building things in groups.
In a social experiment by Moreau and Engeset, 136 undergraduate students in the US were given Lego kits to build something. Students who didn’t follow the instructions on the Lego kit and went on to create their freestyle buildings outperformed the others in subsequent creativity tests like Torrance Test.
Therefore, Lego can be a great way to boost the imagination of your kid. Kids can knit stories using the Lego blocks having their own little dreamland before them. As they put up the LEGO pieces, they have a feeling of accomplishment which can equip their curiosity to develop more varieties out of these tiny pieces.
4. The P’s of LEGO
Blindfolded building challenge is a popular Lego game which can be challenging for kids. Patience and persistence are the key tips to learn this game. You may wonder how? Well, kids can get frustrated if they don’t find parts that fit together. So, to achieve the desired result one has to be patient enough to sort and test against each other. In the age of instant gratification, LEGO games teach you that creating good things take time.
5. Self Confidence
When the kids accomplish a task, they feel a sense of euphoria which in turn pumps up their confidence and make them feel good about themselves. This self-motivation helps them in the long run. Lego comes in different varieties which opens a wide scope for the children to explore their interest and what they are good at. Unlike schoolwork that can install fear of losing on deviation from the conventional way, Lego motivates kids to take risks without fearing failure.
Want to stop siblings from fighting? Just hand them the tiny pieces of Lego. It can bring them together. The zeal to put together the LEGO pieces can make them forget theirs banters.
It is also a great way to bring kids together despite their odds. When kids get immersed in the game, they dismiss their differences to create order out of the disordered heap of LEGO pieces.
Be it the LEGO dominoes toppling in a chain reaction or a LEGO Jenga tower falling, we all hold our breaths as they fall over. However, it’s not just the delight and fun associated with LEGO blocks. There is an educative and therapeutic aspect of LEGO as well. So, if you haven’t got a LEGO kit for your toddler yet, it’s time to gift him in the next birthday.