Educational Benefits of Building Toys for 2-3 Year Olds
Building Toys Aid Imaginative Play
Imaginative role play is a defining development as children grow from toddlers into 2 and 3 year olds. During this age they are rapidly learning through imitation and they start interacting with the world around them by copying the actions they see.
This is an great time to engage your 2-3 year olds with building toys, modelling for them the language that is involved when thinking through the problem of construction. Eg. “I wonder how high we can build this tower before it falls over.”
Also building toys are excellent for this age group when working together with children their own age. Building toys in a group setting encourage the development of social skills, as well as introducing the concepts of working together and sharing.
Building Toys Develop Math Skills
Building toys are also essential for developing early math skills. Concepts such as counting, adding, subtracting and basic geometry are introduced as kids play with construction toys.
A research study published in the Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, found that children who play with blocks between the ages of 3 and 5 outperformed those who didn’t in math, especially Algebra.
Not only can children build shapes and numbers with the toys, but they can also count out the pieces and use mathematical calculations to build the perfect design.
Building is for Boys AND Girls
According to the University of Chicago, by preschool age boys have stronger spatial skills than girls and as they develop this difference continues to grow. This is especially concerning as spatial skills are vital to succeed in areas of Science and Math, which explains the lack of women in professional arenas such as Engineering, Technology and Science.
The Institution for Engineering and Technology found that construction toys are three times more likely to be targeted towards boys and are concerned of the implications of this for our future generations of young women.
Learn more about how you can support the learning needs of your daughters with construction toys in our latest article titled Girls Need To Build To.
Best Building Toys for 2-3 Year Olds
Early learning experts agree that the best building toys help form the basis of math skills, assisting with learning concepts such as spacial orientation, balance, pattern making, symmetry, engineering and physics.
Open ended construction toys that have limitless creation opportunities allow ample space for little builders to create and be masters of their own learning. Open ended construction sets can also encourage the development of social skills, as well as introducing the concepts of working together and sharing.
We’ve consulted our network of early educators to ask for their top picks of this years best building toys for 2-3 year olds. Here are just a few that have been hand picked for their high learning value.
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