Blocks are exceptional learning tools that give children the opportunity to utilize their talents in building, designing, and architecture. The children use their minds in coming up with different creations. Irrespective of a child’s age, playing with blocks has a tremendous impact in their intellectual development.
In order to reap the full benefits of playing with blocks, the children must understand and follow the rules of the game. The following are five important rules that should never be ignored when playing with blocks.
The Freedom to Play
Building blocks are a classic example of toys that give children free and unstructured play. Unlike with other toys, blocks do not come with restricting guidelines and children get a platform to play freely. As the first rule for playing with blocks, do not impose limits on the children in their act of play. Instead, allow them to build whatever they want however they want it.
The benefit of unrestricted play is that it stimulates their creativity and critical thinking skills to help them build new things. The ability to explore new ways and new things as well as discover new abilities in themselves is very important.
Ensure You Follow Directions
Inasmuch as playing with blocks is an unstructured play and one which should be done with lots of freedom, there is a caveat to it; directions have to be followed. Most building blocks have working plans and diagrams which show the children how to build particular structures such as towers, houses, ships, or bridges.
Allow the children from time to time to follow these steps and plans so as to build complex objects and shapes. Structured play has its own role in development learning as it allows children to follow instructions step by step and plan their work so as to accomplish a certain task.
Encourage Group Plays
Because of the nature of playing with blocks, group work is the most appropriate way of learning. Encourage your children to undertake group construction projects and allow them to invite their peers so as to play along with them. Blocks can be used in building competitions as you nature your child’s social and intellectual skills through structured and unstructured play. Interpersonal skills can be developed as children corporate and engage in teamwork to accomplish the task ahead.
Parents and educators should also participate in play activities with their children. As the child sees you cooperate with them, they will develop a strong bond with you and relate well with you. However, while playing with blocks, allow your children to take the lead and possibly direct you. This will help them in making decisions and live with the results.
Organization is one attribute you can’t overlook when playing with blocks. This is because blocks come in large numbers at times tens or even hundreds. If not well managed, they can easily scatter over the entire floor or the play area. Take this opportunity to teach your kids neatness and organization in their work. Let them put each piece back into the toy box and clean the area after each play.
When you get the rules right, you will not only enjoy the game but also your child will as he or she learns vital life lessons playing with blocks.