Lego blocks are part of every childhood, and we have surely all spent many happy hours as children building a tiny Lego fantasy world. Let’s look at where it all began. The Lego Group began in the carpentry workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, in Billund, Denmark. After the second world war, there was little call for carpentry work, and he began building wooden toys in his workshop – starting with a wooden truck that could be taken apart and put back together again.
As parents, we can encourage children to play with Lego, safe in the knowledge that they are acquiring new skills every time that they click a few blocks together. Lego stimulates learning in the the following areas:
- It stimulates creative play and provides tools that develop lateral thinking in a relaxed environment.
- Lego creates a sense of spatial awareness and teaches mathematical concepts such as symmetry, shape and geometry.
- It improves literacy as older children work with instructions.
- It encourages children to plan, execute and complete a task.
- It enhances communication and critical thinking.
- It refines and promotes fine motor skills development.
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