From infancy, children enjoy blocks. Babies like touching, gripping and banging blocks together. Our toddlers attempt to build structures and begin imaginative play, and our preschoolers seem to enjoy blocks as they understand how blocks fit together and try to create elaborate buildings and structures. Though blocks aren't sophisticated toys, their lessons to children are many. In addition to developing motor skills and hand-eye coordination, block play can also help foster creativity, enhance problem-solving ability and build other cognitive, emotional and social skills.
Block Play Helps With:
Shapes, colors and sizes
Block play encourages children to match, count and sort.
Sharing and cooperation
Block play can help children learn social skills as they work together with other kids.
Toy blocks and creative, divergent problem-solving.
Because kids can put together blocks in a variety of ways, block play is divergent play. And divergent play with blocks may prepare kids to think creatively and better solve divergent problems.
Toy blocks and other construction toys can change the way kids think. Building projects stimulate creativity, and sharpen crucial skills.