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Construction Play is proven to make a difference to the way children think and complete tasks. It's a form of play all schools and nurseries adopt to aid child growth and development. 

 

Simple things such as counting bricks, measuring weight and moving objects all contribute to making a child think outside the box. Children all have different ways of learning and thinking (at different stages too). Using construction play helps make education fun and engaging!


By allowing children freedom in construction play it also makes them think independently and make decisions based on what they are learning. 

 

Creativity 

Everyone at some stage in their life is challenged to think creatively, more often than not, at unexpected moments. By helping a child to think creatively in early years, it helps the brain to look beyond a one directional way of thinking. 

 

Problem Solving 

Through their constructive play, a child will learn what will work and what will not. Trial-and-error is a great method in which to create structures and modify methods. Overcoming problems to build structures in a particular way will always aid creative thinking and problem solving skills. 

 

Fine Motor Skills 

As your child crawls, walks or stretches to build their construction piece, they strengthen their gross motor skills. Developing small muscles in hands and fingers will help to hone fine motor skills and therefore make the body more complete and developed.

 

Cooperative Play 

Construction play helps children to cooperate with each other in order to complete tasks. This could be something as simple as passing each other bricks or passing buckets to each other. By doing this children will strengthen their social skills and become better team players. 

 

Hand-Eye coordination

Children use hand-eye coordination whenever they build or construct. As they start building blocks, a child's eyes send visual information to the brain to tell it where the hand is placed and if it is legible. With this information, the brain generates instructions for how the hand has to move in order to create appropriate shapes. 

 

There's so much more to construction play than meets the eye! 

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