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 imagination, helps to gain concentration and focus better. There are multiple benefits of playing with LEGO® and we will discuss the same in this article.
Below are the 7 benefits of playing LEGO® and why to introduce it to your children early :
- Better communication
Playing with 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.
7. 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.