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State College, PA 16801
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There is so much to learn from building and construction toys! Early learning blocks teach kids the fundamentals of balance and form. With a little imagination, kids can incorporate wooden building blocks into pretend play – creating their own playscapes, vehicles, and props with a clean slate of building options where imagination is the key piece of play.
And as kids grow they can experience so much more through play with complex building toys and sets. Toys like Erector Sets, LEGO® building sets and marble runs challenge kids to think logically and spatially, setting them up for success in math and science.
These lessons are invaluable for every child. And while people may think building toys are mostly for boys, we believe that they are perfect for all children! Boys and girls can benefit tremendously from exposure to the thoughtful, constructive play that gears, magnets and shapes offer, regardless of the theme or design of the set. Remember, it doesn’t have to be pink to make girls think!
Early learning and preschool building toys are great for developing motor skills and introducing patterns, abstract thinking, colors, and shapes. For toddlers and preschoolers, building and knocking down block structures is a fun and thrilling activity that doesn’t have to be more than that to start a lifelong love of building.
As children grow mentally and physically, look for more challenging construction toys. Many kits come with step by step instructions to build working models. Nothing is more rewarding for young builders than watching their simple machines come to life! As kids learn more, they’ll be creating their own complicated contraptions and structures and will try to deviate from instructions—and that’s when learning really hits its stride!
It’s easy for adults to get involved with constructive play! When playing with toddlers and preschoolers, you can demonstrate patterns or simple math problems with wooden building blocks. Lay out blocks of alternating shapes and colors and ask kids to repeat the pattern or ask them to build simple towers using differently shaped blocks. Adults can also guide block play by suggesting new structures, once young ones have mastered simple building. And, as kids grow older and take on the play of more complicated kits, adults can help guide them with the directions in order to successfully complete their designs.
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