Hello and welcome to construction club!
Construction club is taught by Mrs. Barr and Mrs. McGanity every Monday and available for reception children.
Building toys have significant cognitive and academic benefits for children of all ages. Not only are they fun and exciting, but they help kids develop a wide variety of skills and abilities. They help prepare kids for school, sports and life! I guess you can say that these toys are the “building blocks” for success!
There are both short and long term positive effects of playing with construction toys. For instance, kids can learn basic colours and shapes which are rote and immediate, while also learning visual-spatial awareness which will help develop future reading and writing skills. Kids will also learn to cooperate with others as well as problem solve. Both skills are needed in childhood and as an adult.
Here is our list of the benefits of playing with building/construction toys:
Improves fine motor manipulation and strength:
Kids have to learn how to move and manipulate various shaped objects, big and small, as well as have the fine motor control to “click” them into place.
Enhances spatial awareness:
Building toys help kids enhance their visual-spatial skills which is crucial for reading readiness.
Encourages thinking and reasoning:
These skills are what make children become well-rounded, independent and successful adults!
Involves focus and patience:
Children need to work slowly and carefully to be successful at creating their designs.
Sparks the imagination:
Building toys allow children to create their own fantasy worlds and stories. Using the imagination boosts cognitive, academic, language and social growth.
Once that masterpiece is finished, children are so proud of their accomplishments. It increases their belief in themselves.
Helps develop problem solving skills:
When building, kids need to decide what will or won’t work. They have to think quickly and readjust designs when needed.
Encourages children to use their minds instead of relying on technology:
Kids today rely too much on technology so it is always beneficial to play with toys that focus on hands-on, interactive fun that requires thinking skills!
Can lead into pretend and imaginary play:
Once the castle, fort, city or whatever your child creates, is complete, then the story telling and pretend play begins! This is great for social and language development.
Introduction to science:
Through building, kids learn to experiment and make new discoveries about how things work.
Helps develop maths skills such as counting, adding, subtracting and basic geometry.
Encourages cooperative play: Often times kids play with their peers when building so it helps foster teamwork and cooperation.