Most parents are aware that the use of blocks has educational effects.
A survey published by Lego Japan in 2018 found that about 70% of Tokyo University students played with Lego.
In addition, the majority of those 70% of Tokyo University students answered that they gained various skills from playing with Lego.
What educational effects can parents expect their children will gain from playing with Lego? Let’s take a look.
What are the educational effects of using blocks?
In a survey of Tokyo University students, when asked the question “what was the most important skill you needed to get into Tokyo University?” 75% of the students answered “concentration skills”.
A majority of the students surveyed also stated that playing with Lego as a child helped them gain “concentration skills”.
Playing with small blocks requires children to concentrate carefully and use their fine motor skills.
Memory and Cognitive Skills
Playing with blocks requires children to use their fingertips which is said to activate the cerebrum.
The cerebrum is in control of our memory and cognitive skills so while playing with blocks children can develop these skills naturally.
Chukyo Gakuin University Junior College Department of Childcare, Associate Professor Osamu Kawada found, according to his 2017 survey, that students who played with blocks when they were young have good spatial awareness skills. Playing with blocks requires children to build and consider how high and big their structure will get when adding more blocks.
When playing with blocks, children can build something according to the instructions or use their imaginations to create their own design.
It requires to think about what they can create with which combination of blocks and use their imagination and be creative while trying to build their design.
According to the survey results from Lego Japan, 90% of the Tokyo University students that played with Lego when they were young often made their own designs and creations instead of following what was written in the book. This type of block use supports children’s in developing creativity.
These skills will be helpful in the life both inside and outside of school.
Problem Solving Skills
When using blocks, children use trial and error to create the structure they imagined.
They learn to challenge themselves and not give up until the structure has been created correctly. This helps them develop problem skills.
Using blocks with peers helps children learn how to work as a team
Children can play with blocks on their own and in a group. At schools and during classes, children often work together to decide what to create and how to work as a team to create the final product.
Playing with blocks has many educational effects and we recommend that all children have the opportunity to use them while young.