Lego is a toy – Yes. It has been enjoyed by millions of children and adults around the world since 1932. The purpose of Lego was to offer wooden toys/brick to the children so they play well. But, most importantly, Lego fuels the imagination, helps to gain concentration and focus better.
Below are the 7 benefits of playing Lego and why to introduce it to your children early –
- Better communication
Playing Lego requires planning and discussing strategy before and during the process. Kids have to think and communicate their thoughts clearly in a way that their team understands. This practice will help them grow as good communicators and will improve their language skills.
- Problem-solving skills
Any activity that involves mental or physical stimulation, will create rare circumstances where kids have to tackle the obstacles and move forward. Only fixing Lego bricks will not yield good models; kids will get stuck and think of moving forward and how!
Lego comes with endless possibilities. A model can be dismantled and made into unexplored models. When the kids complete his or her first challenge to make a model, it makes them feel accomplished. What does he or she do after? They experiment with the same bricks with different thoughts and create something new.
- Increases patience
The process of building or creating something requires planning, execution, and majorly – patience. We’ve known kids to be restless and exploring all the time. Lego takes time to get a hang of it. It takes skills, artistic thinking and time to build a model. When kids really enjoy Lego, they will be patient until they complete their tasks.
- Better concentration
Unlike watching TV or playing on a mobile phone, Lego requires the right kind of concentration. Kids will be glued to playing Lego and complete what they’ve begun. They will not deviate from their task until it’s complete. This will help them increase their concentration not only while playing Lego but also while studying, playing musical instruments and while doing other activities.
- Fine motor skills
The small movements in Lego models – The crane, the jaw of the dragon, and the doors of the car are fine motor skills. By building with Lego bricks, kids understand the mechanism of movement, time, speed and distance.
- Better spatial sense
Unlike painting and drawing, Lego is 3 dimensional. It builds the kid’s ability to think in 3D to develop spatial intelligence. It’s the essential skill required to think in physical shapes.