Building Toys for Kids
Building toys, construction sets and STEM toys for kids support cognitive development by teaching spacial awareness, geometric problem solving and fine motor skills.
Educational Benefits of Building Toys & Construction Toys
Early learning research has found that kids who play with building toys and construction blocks in their early childhood years, later excel in more complex subjects like physics and algebra.
The reason being seems obvious, as building and construction toys (also known as STEM Toys) stimulate kids’ problem solving minds, giving them a chance to explore and interact with concepts such as spatial awareness and 3D modelling, whilst developing their fine motor skills. This cannot be achieved with an iPad!
Construction toys stimulate the analytical side of the brain, by comparing sizes and shapes, sorting and ordering objects, making distinctions and exact matches to solve problems, this is the basis of mathematical engineering, geometry and complex pattern arrangement.
The best toy building sets provide kids opportunities to experiment with real world materials such as wood, plastic, metal and magnets. Imaginative and creative play is achieved through exploring how these materials interact (for instance, how heavy they are and how they fit together), solving engineering and geometric problems to achieve 3D structures.
To quote Karen Hewitt, developer of a unique set of creative products offered by Learning Materials Workshop, “Construction toys, of all toy categories, offer the most open ended opportunities for children to design and create imaginative structures. Using abstract, modular forms, construction toys present a ‘what if’ question and allow children to construct and continually modify their own representations.”
When kids are able to represent a place or a scene with construction sets, they are exercising creativity whilst improving fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. This ability has been linked to the development of math and engineering skills in later life.
Building Toys 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 Kids
The best building toys for boys AND GIRLS are ones that can grow with your child over time, testing engineering skills that span a wide age range and can therefore be played along side siblings of different ages. Experts agree that supplying a great range of building toys for kids to keep them engaged in creative play is one of the best ways you can support complex cognitive develop and prepare kids to solve abstract problems on their own.
Best Building Toys for Toddlers
Parents can use building toys for toddlers to help introduce cause and effect concepts in a a fun and animated way. As toddlers stack and destroy their creations they are learning about gravity and balance and will start to also develop the language skills involved in construction. Read more…
Best Building Toys for 2-3 Year Olds
The best building toys for 2-3 year olds can help form the basis of math skills, assisting with the learning of 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. Read more…
Best Building Toys for 4-5 Year Olds
Studies reveal children who were encouraged to use blocks to problem solve, imagine and create between the ages of 4 and 5 had better math grades as teenagers. The best building toys for 4-5 year olds support the development of problem solving and math based skills, preparing them for the school years ahead. Shop for building toys that encourage building pre-designed structures, or ones that support creative thinking to design something that solves a real-world problem. Read more…
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