Children start building towers from wooden blocks. Some children will progress to larger and more complex structures as they grow. Learning that a tower of blocks may topple without proper support helps children develop valuable spatial skills. Figuring out how pieces of a toy snap together to build a bridge, a house or a car encourages hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Playing with construction toys is crucial to a child’s ever-developing cognitive thinking skills.
Academic research shows that playing with a construction toy benefits children in a wide variety of ways as it provides an optimum way of learning, increases math performance, promotes creative problem solving, improves language skills and spurs out-of-the-box thinking!
Note: This activity needs adult supervision to make sure children do not put anything in their mouth
Collect a group of large bolts with matching nuts
Show the children how to find the one that matches and then twist them together
Encourage children to 'fix' a few toy cars or tractors in your garage
Give your child a tour of your car parts on your next visit to the mechanic's shop! It is even more exciting for a child to explore a 'real' car!
Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.