Construction games are very rich in learning and Educational toys allow children to make multiple discoveries. At first, children enjoy stacking the blocks as high as possible, but also to make them fall.
The child first manages to drop a tower before he can build one himself. Demolition can be seen as a power exercise: even if it is difficult to build the tower, it can destroy it with ease. He asserts his domination of materials that he has difficulty controlling.
Which cubes and at what age?
From the age of 1, the child can play with wooden cubes. At first, he is able to stack 2 cubes on top of each other. Around 2 years, he can stack 6 or 7 and 3 years, 9 or 10. Subsequently, he aligns 3 or 4 cubes to make a train, for example.
Around 18 months to 2 years, in addition to wooden cubes, the child begins to take an interest in the large blocks of plastic (Mega Blok’s type) that he tries to nest into each other. He also likes nesting cubes that fit into each other and allow him to experiment with the notion of size. Around 2 years or 3 years old, he turns them over and piles them up, going from the biggest to the smallest to make a turn.
Then, the child enjoys playing with small bricks like Lego to make characters, a wall, a house … Building games are becoming more complex and more varied.
Many learnings with Educational toys
Thanks to the construction games, the child develops:
- His motor skills: he must coordinate his actions to stack or nest the cubes and thus becomes more skillful with his hands;
- His understanding of the relationships that exist between objects in space: the child gradually assimilates spatial notions (above, below, front, behind …) as he manipulates the pieces. Thus, he observes that the wheels go “under” the car and that the door is on the “front” facade of the house. These notions will be useful when he learns to write (eg the acute accent goes “on” the “e”, to draw a “p”, the line is down and for a “b”, to the above);
- His patience, his reflection and his sense of observation: to achieve a precise assembly, for example, the child must plan the stages of its construction. He must predict what happens before such and what happens next. He understands that the walls must be placed before laying the roof of the house. This ability to establish order in what it does will be important when learning reading and math;
- His creativity, especially with sets of thematic cubes.
To reduce the risk of choking, do not give small bricks to a child under 3 years old. Also, make sure he does not have access to the bricks of an older child.
With or without models?
There are construction games with models and others without models. None are better than the other, these 2 types of games simply develop different skills in the child. When the child has to follow a model, he learns to plan his construction and to follow steps in a logical order. For their part, games that do not offer accurate models are those that develop the most creativity.
We hope your children will get Construction toys for educational games, which will bring fun and accumulate their skills.