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Importance of building blocks

Updated on November 12, 2013

Building Blocks for kids are the key learning components at play, in a pre-school setting as well as in an early childhood classroom. That is exactly the reason why these are not just mere toys as they facilitate growth in many categories through the acquisition of various skills.

Building blocks enhance symbolic thinking, boost various skills and integrate math and science concepts.

Lego Doors And Windows Blocks

They also enable problem solving and expand social interaction. What makes the blocks fascinating for children is the possibility of freedom of exploration while engaging in construction at play.

What also makes blocks a rage is the multiplicity of usage and the simplicity of design. Blocks boost physical hand strength in the building process and language skills are further enhanced when children reply to questions about what they have built or are building.

Lego Busy Farm Blocks

The better the block set, the easier the learning process! Blocks symbolize a microcosm of life in the sense that a child can employ them to create his or her own understanding about how things work and also about life.

Blocks are about fun too but impart an early wisdom about the basics of math, science and language developing social and emotional skills on the way. A child playing with blocks is a little replica of a scientist, building little versions of the surrounding world while experimenting with balance, structure, space and gravity.

Lego Circus Transport Blocks

Using blocks to create a tower after it tumbles down an umpteenth number of times is nothing but a scientific method of experimentation where the child uses observation powers and cause-and-effect to create the perfect tower.

Blocks come in many shapes and sizes which is integral for hands-on learning about basic math concepts like shape, size, area, geometry and measurement. Sorting them by characteristics like shape and size is the first learning step while at play.

Basic understanding about how a rectangular block is a much better base than say, a triangular block teaches a child much more than a thousand words will ever do. All children love creating a line of blocks which is a great first step that enables comprehension about the concept of measurement.

Lego Number Train Blocks

The mastery of language skills is also hastened by blocks as there’s a lot to talk about. Children can be encouraged to describe what they are building and some even like to talk to themselves during the process. A question and answer session goes a long way for both encouragement needed in order to build as well as sharpen speech.

Social and emotional skills are elevated during group play as children learn the importance and the need for sharing, taking turns, patience and communicating with each other.

The best and the most unique thing about building blocks is their open-ended nature which brings forth a much needed variety when it comes to learning. Also, there is no one ‘right way’ to build with them and this democratic feature necessitates creative work in a group for alternative uses. As a result, everybody wants to join in the fun!

This post was contributed by our friend Swayam Ganguly. Swayam Ganguly's novel titled “Love Films and Rock n Roll” (Alchemy Publishers) has been released recently. His next upcoming novel “Good, Bad and Ugly” (Supernova Publishers) is slated for release soon.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I agree that building blocks are great for kids to experiment and discover their creativity and logical ability! Building blocks are great - my kids make up stories with them, build different scenarios and practise making new things. Voted useful.

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      Toy Tasting 4 years ago from Mumbai

      Agreed Kidscraft, thanks for your kind words.

      Glad you liked the pictures. :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Building blocks are so important for kids! It's a way to stimulate their creativity because they can do and undo their project and come up with new ideas each time! Great pictures!