Sunday, 16 November 2014

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How to Encourage Your Child to Play with Lego?

Our Lego play table for our Lego week
When we have playdates, I noticed that the boys are not so interested in playing with Lego, but iPad, TV, blablades, etc. What a pity, such a wonderful toy Lego is, and it is not being selected. The problem with modern life, I guess, with all these electronic gadgets. But LEGO is such a wonderful fun and educational toy, that we should encourage our child to play. Here are the benefits of LEGO:

Benefits of LEGO

1. It builds concentration skills, when your child learns to follow the manual. 
2. It teaches sequencing skills, when your child learns to follow the manual.
3. It builds spatial skills, when your child builds 3-dimensional models. 
4. It develop creativity, when your child builds his own models.

Even for us, I don't think that our LEGO at home is played with often enough. Recently, we went to a friend's place, Wei and Yi, and learned this from them. They placed lego bricks in open containers on the table, ready for the children to play. What a fantastic idea! That's when I realise that our LEGO is always kept in closed containers, and not displayed out for J to play. So we got inspired to turn our desks into Lego "playtable" and have a Lego theme week.

5 Tips to Encourage Your Child to Play with LEGO

Here are 5 tips how to encourage your child to play with Lego:

1. Have a critical mass of lego bricks, so that your child will not feel frustrated running out of bricks.

2. Organize the lego bricks so that you get an easy overview, and do not have to spend too much time searching for the pieces. But do not over-organise that it becomes too tiresome to look for the specific pieces. Here is a post on how to organise your lego.

3. Create a "Lego play table" by displaying the lego bricks on a table or floor in open containers, so that it looks inviting for your child to sit down and play with them. Make it a Lego week and leave the lego displayed out for a week.

4. Inspire your child by sitting down together with him in the beginning to build something together and thereafter leave your child to build on his own.

5. Choose a small set to inspire your child to build following the manual. You can read more here:

6. Display the models built in a line so that your child gets inspired, as he builds his own models or improvise on the old ones.

Display the models build previously in a line near the playtable for your child to get inspired and learn, as he builds his own models.
Create a "Lego play table" by displaying the lego bricks on a table or floor in open containers, so that it looks inviting for your child to sit down and play with them. Make it a Lego week and leave the lego displayed out for a week.
Close-up of the lego playtable

Close-up of the lego playtable
Lego bricks displayed in an open container










23 Nov 2014 - J playing by himself

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