“Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn” – Benjamin Franklin
The concept of Interactive Learning was implemented not too long ago in the curriculum of pre-schoolers, but the idea of teaching kids using different interactive methods existed in the system since it’s inception. One of the simplest and most effective method in this space is using Building Blocks.
Renowned developmental psychologist, Rachel Keen, suggests that creating an environment for children where they are encouraged to be independent in a problem-solving situation helps them to grow up to be confident and rational individuals.
Although building blocks are not as “fun” as remote controlled cars and action figures, they are preferred by a majority of children as they love to “build” something using their own imagination. Blocks are also utilised by teachers/parents to develop their children’s motor skills, spatial skills, creative thinking, social skills, etc.
To begin with, building blocks are an amazing way to help children develop their problem-solving skills as they ponder over what do they want to build, how do they want to proceed, and brainstorm on the endless possibilities -“Do Iwant to add another floor to this?””Does this look pretty enough?””Is the colour combination right or should I try something else?”The answers to these questions regulate their mind in finding solutions to issues in the process of creating something unusual. Blocks are also considered to be the most fun way to teach different concepts of mathematics like measurements, addition, balance, etc.
Building blocks also make for brilliant play date idea! Research suggests that making this a group activity enhances the chances of the kids learning to work together to build something extraordinary after accepting each other’s ideas and executing them accordingly. In the process of playing, they get used to sharing
material, develop bonds and help each other out! They also learn to talk about and respect each other’s feelings which are very important traits of a kind person.
The pros of using building blocks just don’t stop here, it also helps the kids to have an improved set of core values! When they witness their ideas culminating into a real thing, they understand that the end product is always worth the hard work, they go home with a happy thought and a good moral lesson.
Now wouldn’t you want to build your child’s character/concepts/life using these simple building blocks?