Child building with Lego blocks and tape

Building blocks of various kinds are — and have been for centuries — one of the most popular toys available...

From Lincoln Logs to building blocks, from Erector sets to good old-fashioned wood blocks, kids love to experiment and create with these stackable playsets.

Did you know, however, that building blocks are just as educational as they are fun?

It’s true! There are tons of basic skills that children learn when playing with blocks, and an early love of building can easily translate into careers in architecture, engineering, science and other STEM areas. Learn how playing with blocks and building block tape benefits kids, the skills they learn, and how you can help to foster this healthy growth through play, which is a child’s job.

How Playing with Blocks Benefits Kids

We don’t often stop to think about the benefits of play, and how playing with blocks benefits kids. We look at play as a way to keep children occupied. But in truth, play is the job of a child. It’s how they explore the world, and how they learn key and core skills that will benefit them as they grow and mature.

Lego building blocks, tape, and sets, for example, help kids of every age to develop important academic and cognitive skills, preparing them for sports, for school and for success in life. They offer benefits both short term and long term, from learning basic shapes and colors to spatial awareness, which actually benefits reading, writing and mathematics skills.

Improving Strength and Fine Motor Skills

Toy building blocks help to improve hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and strength. When kids play with blocks, they learn how to manipulate shapes, how to put them together, how big shapes relate to small ones, and how to use their fine motor skills to get the blocks into place. They can see how different shapes fit together, which is important to developing their spatial awareness.

Reasoning and Mental Focus

As they puzzle out how to best fit blocks together to create the shape they desire, kids learn reasoning and problem-solving skills. They learn how to overcome mental hurdles and focus on the task at hand. They learn patience as they have to be slow and careful to accomplish their objective. They must learn what works and what doesn’t work, and adjust their design ideas on the fly, much like rudimentary engineering skills.

Building Creativity and Practical Skills

Technology is a wonderful thing; it puts all the information in the world at our fingertips. However, it’s bad to rely upon it completely, and playing with building blocks can teach kids practical skills. Building practical, hands-on skills is as essential to success as it ever was, and it will do kids good to get off of the computers, tablets and mobile devices — and focus on something truly interactive.

What if My Kids Don’t Want to Build?

Not every child is inherently interested in building with blocks. That’s actually fine; there are plenty of ways you can introduce them to the fun of blocks without them engaging in intensive building exercises.

You can, for example, label the shapes or colors, then have kids sort them by shape, by size or by color. You can even have your kids count blocks of different varieties. You can use them as visual aids for math problems — lay down six blocks, take away two, and teach your child subtraction!

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