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Even the sim­ple act of stack­ing can teach your kids about the world around them, says lego mea’s urszula bie­gan­ska

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Build your kids’ con­fi­dence with blocks

Let them break as well as build

Play­ing with build­ing blocks such Lego and du­plo al­lows chil­dren to cre­ate their own mod­els and struc­tures, learn­ing how to con­nect, stack and pull pieces. That said, it’s nor­mal for small chil­dren ex­pe­ri­enc­ing bricks for the first time to throw them around and dis­as­sem­ble them be­fore they start putting them to­gether and creat­ing. en­cour­age this early stage of ex­plo­ration by build­ing struc­tures your­self that your child can dis­as­sem­ble. This process aids fine mo­tor skills and en­cour­ages devel­op­ment, in­clud­ing se­quenc­ing, plan­ning and prob­lem solv­ing.

Play with Pat­terns

Rep­e­ti­tion is a great way to make sure chil­dren are build­ing lots of new skills and learn­ing while play­ing. Creat­ing pat­terns that they need to con­tinue to build gives them the op­por­tu­nity to think about what comes next in the se­quence, the num­ber of bricks and the colours needed. The pat­terns can change and de­velop as your child be­comes more con­fi­dent.

use blocks as a Learn­ing sup­port tool

Bricks can be a great tool to help your child learn about colours and num­bers. ask them to put the bricks into piles of dif­fer­ent colours, or build tow­ers of dif­fer­ent height and ask how many bricks they use. Prompt brick and num­ber con­nec­tions by ask­ing what they can build with four bricks. Build dif­fer­ent con­struc­tions with four, then in­tro­duce a fifth brick and see how many dif­fer­ent shapes they can then make.

Let them Play copy­cat

one of the ways that chil­dren learn about the world around them is to copy other peo­ple. Be­fore they can cre­ate things on their own, they take in­spi­ra­tion from the world around them. en­cour­age them by creat­ing a model and ask­ing them to copy it. While they may need some help at first, guide them and they’ll soon be mak­ing full use of their own imag­i­na­tion. lego.com

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