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4 Educational Benefits of Playing with LEGOS

by Editorial Team on January 27th, 2017

In 1932, Ole Kirk Kristiansen, a Danish carpenter, founded the Lego Group. Lego gained its name from the Danish word ‘leg godt,’ which means ‘play well.’ The Kristiansen family still control the Lego group: Ole’s grandchild, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, runs it now.

Legos are just as popular today as they were over 84 years ago. Children in 140 countries constantly find new ways to delight in building Lego creations. Legos enhance creativity and inspire imagination. They also improve the behavioral and educational development of small children. Here are a few ways how:

Puts Math and Science Practices to Use

Constructing Lego designs require children to apply basic math skills. A single Lego building may involve addition, subtraction, division, and fractions. Lego constructions also assist in children’s development of engineering techniques. They must learn to create a model from instructions and photos, as well as making adjustments when necessary.

Improves Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

Lego beginners must learn to solve simple problems such as making pieces connect. As a child’s cognitive abilities increase, so will their desire to build more complex Lego models. These models require solutions to more pressing problems, such as how to distribute the Legos to keep it balanced.

The more Lego models a child attempts, the better they become at using their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Children also learn problem solving skills through their interactions with other children. They must first establish a cooperative environment in order to succeed at their Lego endeavors. Once distribution of labor occurs, they use collaborative learning to find solutions.

Develops Self-Discipline

Legos often become a child’s first training of self-discipline. The completion of a Lego model requires hours of persistence and patience. They learn to remain calm when facing obstacles. Legos help children develop organizational skills, and increases their motivation and perseverance.

Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skill development enhances a child’s tiny muscle control in their hands and fingers. Fine motor muscles can also be found in the face, feet, and tongue.

Legos help children strengthen their fine motor muscles with the constant maneuvering and building of Lego designs.

Legos can be a vital play tool for young girls and boys, so parents should try to keep a set of Legos around for both play and education. Find Lego discounts on Groupon’s coupon page.

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