How Legos can Give your Child an Early Education
As a young boy, I remember coming home after school every evening and heading straight for my Lego box. At school, I would learn history, math, English and science. And although I enjoyed learning about these subjects, they all seemed very structured and rigid. Answers were either correct or wrong. Playing with my Lego blocks allowed me to tap in to my creative side. In this world, I had full control of what I wanted to build and how I wanted it to look. I was not only the ruler of my domain but I was also the chief architect. My experiences playing with Legos shaped who I became and ultimately gave me the confidence to become the artist and photographer I am today.
The Power of the Brick
Lego was created by a Danish man by the name of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter from Denmark. He established the Lego company in 1934 and began building the famous plastic interlocking bricks in 1949. The word Lego is derived from the Danish term, leg godt, which means "play-well."
Legos require its builders to utilize enormous amounts of creativity. The reason why Legos have withstood the test of time is that it has endless possibilities. There is not just one way to build with Lego. Most toys have a few functions and after a child has gone through all of them, it becomes repetitive and boring. Legos allow so many possibilities. Sean Kenney, a professional Lego artist, has built massive Lego pieces for Google, Mazda, Chase and FAO Schwarz.
Playing with Lego is Fun
Not all toys can be described as both fun and educational. Lego manages to be both. Studies done have shown that children who play with Lego bricks are 80% less likely to watch television compared to children who don't play with Lego. Building with Legos is an active activity and requires a lot of time and energy.
Due to the fact that there are so many possibilities when playing with Legos, children are forced to think creatively. There is no one way to build with Lego bricks. Each finished Lego set is unique because of a child's own preference and vision. While Lego sets do come with directions, it is not mandatory that one follow it to the 'T'.
Develops Motor Skills
Children are naturally attracted to bright colors of Lego toys, which allow children to work with their hand to eye coordination. Every time a child reaches for a Lego block or attempts to interlock two bricks together, he/she is working on their motor skills.
Nurtures Social Interaction
When a child builds Lego with other children, it allows him/her to develop important social skills such as communication and teamwork. Building with Legos can also be a great activity between children and parents. It gives parents the opportunity to get to know more about their children, something that may not always be possible in a busy household.