Intelligence In Children ,can We Make Our Kids Smarter ?
- Dec 01, 2017 -

Why toy block rock: The science of building and construction toys

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It's universal, and it's powerful: Toy blocks and other construction toys can change the way kids think. Building projects stimulate creativity&innovation and sharpen & bulid up crucial skills.

As developmental psychologist Rachel Keen notes, parents and teachers "need to design environments that encourage and enhance problem solving from a young age" (Keen 2011). And construction toys seem ideally suited to the purpose. Studies suggest they can help kids develop intelligence

  • motor skills and hand-eye coordination,

  • spatial skills,

  • a capacity for creative, divergent thinking,

  • social skills, and

  • language skills.

Moreover, children can integrate their own constructions into pretend play scenarios. There is also evidence that complex block-play is linked with advanced math skills in later life.

Here I review the cognitive benefits of playing with toy blocks. I also offer tips for making block-play more stimulating and rewarding. For more evidence-based information, see my article about construction and STEM skills, and this Parenting Science guide to educational toys and games.