Guest post: Skill building and education with LEGO®

Guest post: Skill building and education with LEGO®

Colorful LEGO® block systems are one of the most well-loved childhood toys around, inspiring kids of all ages and interests to build towering structures and bring their imaginations to life. The specific kind of hands-on construction play that LEGO® encourages isn’t just fun, it has applied benefits for kids, especially in the classroom.

We at Muddy Smiles think that diverse, skill-based learning strategies are something to celebrate and in this article we take a closer look at how block play can both create skill boosts and improve classroom skills and behavior.

LEGO® play demonstrates math skills

Mastering mathematics is easier for some children than others, but early aptitude for LEGO® may be indicative of future math skills and good spatial reasoning. Children who demonstrate skill at LEGO® building during their preschool years have been shown to outperform their peers in math assessments and standardized tests by seventh grade and throughout high school. [1]

Kids who play with blocks are more adept problem-solvers

Learning to solve problems effectively often requires trial and error, but hands-on construction play is also linked to the development of problem-solving skills. In a study which compared abilities of children who engaged in block play with those who completed puzzles or observed either form of play, those who played with blocks scored best on assessments of problem-solving ability. [2]

Improved language development can be triggered by block play

Though we may never picture LEGO® in an language arts classroom, building play is linked with improved language acquisition in young children. In a randomized control trial, significantly higher language acquisition scores were seen in low and middle income toddlers after six months of block play. [3]

LEGO® play and LEGO® therapy have tremendous potential for educational and therapeutic benefit, especially for children living with ASD.

Here are few ideas for fun LEGO® projects with your family:

Incorporate LEGO® into a homeschooling lesson or project! Try a free-play building session with the whole family, or create a “challenge” that inspires kids to think on their feet.

Create a LEGO® stop-motion film with a kit such as the HUE Animation Studio.

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