Parents have been expressing great concern over the overwhelming shift in the way their kids spend their playtimes. In their days, they used to spend most of the time playing outside as opposed to kids nowadays who would prefer staying indoors with their iPads, Xboxes and PlayStation gadgets.
Behavioral experts have warned that if such tendencies are not curbed in the time it will take a heavy toll on the social well-being of the young kids when they come to age and even through their adult lives. It is for this reason that we chose to enlighten parents out there on how they can participate with their kids during play times in activities that will be beneficial to both the parents and the kids.
Toy blocks are wooden, plastic or metallic pieces of various shapes, sizes and colours that can be used to construct numerous structures that borrow from real life scenarios such as cars, buildings, aero planes, castles and the list goes as far as the mind can conceive. These building blocks are sometimes referred to as building bricks, building blocks or just simply as blocks.
Kids from a young age of one year up to teenagers find playing with these blocks to be more satisfactory and enjoyable as there is no limit to what you can construct using them plus the fact that they come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colours.
Toddlers can use a set of building blocks that contains both numbers and all the letters of the alphabet to learn basic word construction and the number system. These kids will perform better in their early years in school as opposed to other kids who did not have that prior exposure to let’s say how a letter A looks like.
Since the blocks come in various colours, such kids will also have an added advantage in later years as they can easily tell apart different colours, and this may shape them to become better artists.
Kids from the ages of 5 – 10 years can also benefit a lot as they put up together pieces of a structure such as a castle, railway truck or a skyscraper. Such kids will develop a better understanding at an early age of basic geometry, pressure, gravity and balance.
Learning about such complex laws of physics will boost their curiosity to find out more about structural engineering, architecture and how mathematics comes into play when calculating the dynamics involved in setting up a simple structure using basic building blocks. This comes with an improved intelligent quotient and a generation of people who will utilize basic things from their surroundings to solve problems facing them.
Playing with toy blocks are an inexpensive way for parents to spend time with their kids as they cost very little as opposed to buying your kids a new set of Xbox kit. You will get a one on one opportunity to impart to your kids virtues that you as a parent deem necessary that they have. You will also benefit from the bonding you have with your kids as you get to know what they like or don’t like.
The interaction the kids get while playing with their friends using these building blocks cannot be substituted for the kind they get from social media platforms that have dealt a major blow to kids’ early development by exposing them to contents that are best suited for a more mature crowd. Evidence has shown that children who participate in group activities such as playing with building blocks have better speech development, are more sociable and eager to learn more.
We cannot conclude without mentioning the physical benefits of having kids play with building blocks. These kids have developed stronger hands, fingers and muscle structure as they have fun playing. Interacting with different colours and shapes also helps boost their eyes-hand coordination as well as sharpen their brains. These kids get to appreciate the world as it is and use it to make their own creative simulations by constructing their own designs using blocks.
In summary, the benefits of having kids design their own structures or mimic the existing ones range from physical benefits, social benefits, intellectual benefits and creative benefits. As you arrange for a play day for your two year old or your ten year old son, keep in mind that it goes into strengthening your relationship with your kids and shapes how their lives turn out.