Friday, September 6, 2019

Building Blocks and its Benefits

In my previous post we talked about puzzles. In this post I will explain about building blocks and their benefits. In simple language, building blocks are a set of cube shaped blocks used by children to make simple constructions. Toy blocks can be wooden, plastic or foam pieces of various shapes ( circle, triangle, square, rectangle ) and colours that are used as construction toys.Sometimes toy blocks depict letters of the alphabet. Toy blocks are very powerful learning tools.

Small children feel very happy and accomplished when they make their block tower higher and higher. When it tips over they laugh and do it all over again. But to make that one tower, takes a lot of skill! Building blocks is one of the best educational toys for toddlers that develop multiple skills in a child.

 I got a set of stacking blocks and colourful rings for my son when he was ten months old. Initially I sat with him and helped him stack up the blocks. But slowly he was able to do it himself. It takes a lot of effort for a tiny toddler to stack up all the blocks. It is a lot of hard work for them !

 Benefits of building blocks :

  Hand Eye Co-ordination :

The child learns to place the blocks in such a way that they don't topple over.

 Better Motor skills :

 The act of grasping the blocks itself serves as good practice for gripping objects, and strengthens the fingers and hands of the child.

 Toy blocks promote better spatial reasoning:

Spatial reasoning has been defined as the ability to generate, retain, retrieve, and transform well structured visual images. Over a period of time, after putting blocks together, the children become aware of their spatial intelligence.

 Building Blocks helps in promoting mental stimulation :

 Children learn to think logically while playing with building blocks. After failing a few times , the child realizes how to build the blocks properly.An older child realizes that he has to make stronger base at the bottom and then construct upwards.

 Help in improving math and vocabulary skills:

 It has been proved that building blocks help in improving child's language and mathematical skills. While playing with blocks , they can learn the names of colours, different shapes and sizes of blocks. Mathematical skills are improved as they learn how to count, add up or subtract the number of building blocks while making a structure.

 Improves Creativity:

 Creativity comes early in life when it comes to kids. If children are exposed to building blocks at an early age,they start thinking creatively. You will see that they start creating different structures. 

Building blocks encourages positive social interaction :

 Building blocks are a great way for kids to play together as a team. They learn to work together ,accomplish a task and interact with others socially. When this starts happening at an early age, the kids also learn great communication and social skills. 

Tips : Getting most from your toy blocks: 

  • Play along with your child and demonstrate how to build a structure. Challenge kids with specific building tasks. For eg. you can show them a pattern or a picture and ask them to make the same. 
  • Stimulate interest in toy blocks by providing children with toy blocks and other accessories. For eg., You can give them car or people or a cow, they might think of making a barn. this also great for pretend play. 
  • Combine blocks with story time. This is a wonderful way of making kids use their imagination. After reading the story you can give them a set of blocks and ask them to make something related to the story.

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  1. Hi Simrit, that's another very useful post. i liked the way you have gone about talking regarding the benefits of building blocks in ensuring child's growth and development, whether the hand-eye coordination or the cognitive part. The tips about getting the best from the blocks is an additional bonus for readers. keep it up and look forward to your next post :)

  2. So rightly put by you, blocks play an exceptionally important part in cognitive development during the early years. The only impediment for me was how expensive the wooden blocks had become.

  3. MY 4 year old niece also sometimes enjoys playing with blocks.

  4. Thank you for sharing this detailed description, my little one is 16 months and I think this the right time to start this activity.

  5. Building blocks is indeed very helpful in cognitive development of kids. I introduced building blocks to my son at one year of age and since then he just loves it. I have observed is increasing interest in solving puzzles now at the age of 4 years his favourite pastime is sitting with a bag full of blocks or some Jigsaw puzzles . your post is just bang on and I am glad that I came a this

  6. Wow first it was puzzles and now it’s blocks and yeah I too agree to what you have written here and Even I have written an article on this long back if you are interested you can have a look at it��

  7. Being a mom I can totally relate how important building blocks are. We have a full collection of them. wonderfully written for every one to read and follow. #damurureads #myfriendalexa

  8. My son got many toys as his birthday gifts but he only plays with the ones with blocks and shapes... I guess fitting the blocks to right place challenges their interest

  9. Combining blocks with story time is a wonderful idea. Building blocks are the best toys ever.

  10. This simple exercise is very important for toddlers. I am glad you've shared valuable insights into the benefits of playing with blocks. My kids loved playing with them and I can confidently say they benefited greatly from this play.

  11. Nicely written article. Now a days it is very important to keep kids away from mobile. This is where such building block puzzles help.

  12. I've used building blocks to teach numbers and alphabets to my toddler. Very informative post.

  13. Thanks for sharing such an important topic and tips to enhance the child's growth.

  14. I got one building blocks when my son was 2 years.. Indeed a good play thing for kids


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