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Part of a child’s developmental milestone is achieving fine motor skills, which include having a firm grasp and proper hand-eye coordination. Playing with Lego Minifigures is a great way to discover and enhance a child’s fine and gross motor skills. Aside from motor skills, your kids can develop other essential skills which will be discussed below.
Spark your children’s imagination through Minifigures, allowing the creation of imaginary heroes, villains, animals, cars, and buildings. The preschool age is the period where children start to engage in dramatic play or have imaginary friends.
Here are some ways Minifigures can enhance your child’s creative thinking:
- Playing with Minifigures enables children to incorporate artistic skills and creative planning early.
- Minifigures have different colors that appeal to children, promoting imaginative and creative thinking.
- Building from small blocks provides children a wide range of design choices and endless creative possibilities, from living things to nonliving things.
With digital technologies today, children are engaged in mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, which can hinder the proper development of both motor and creative skills. Using a mobile tracker is crucial and buying toys, like Lego Minifigures, for your children are the best ways to monitor your child’s progress to ensure that essential skills are not neglected.
Communication doesn’t only refer to verbal cues or responses. It also applies to body cues or non-verbal methods of communicating, including facial expressions. Children, especially toddlers, have tantrums because of their inability to express thoughts and emotions. As a parent, you can help enhance your child’s communication skills through creative and collaborative play.
As early as picking the best Minifigures or building using Lego bricks, you’ll find non-verbal cues based on how your child reacts when choosing a color and then doing the building process. With collaborative play, children learn to express thoughts and emotions about a particular design of Minifigures, such as how impressive and cool Spiderman and Superman Minifigures are, or appreciating the magnificent London Bridge and Statue of Liberty Minifigures.
Here are some tips to help enhance your child’s communication skills when playing with Lego Minifigures:
- Introduce new words or terms to your child with the help of Lego Minifigures, such as Mr. Bean teaching scientific concepts like as cells, organs, or the digestion process.
- Ask your child about thoughts, ideas, and opinions about a particular Lego creation or design.
- Show your appreciation of your child’s building skills and encourage sharing the idea with siblings and other playmates.
- Join your child in playing with Lego Minifigures and interact based on your creations, such as holding a mini-drama, storytelling, or role-playing games with the whole family.
Problem-solving skills refer to behavior and actions involving a logical, timely, effective, and organized way of resolving issues or problems. Children usually display fidgeting or tantrums if their wants are unmet or they encounter problems, such as the inability to perform a simple task. Lego Minifigures and bricks are great toys to develop a child’s problem-solving skills.
Here are some ways Lego Minifigures can help develop the problem-solving skills of children:
- You can show how a task is accomplished with the help of Minifigures, such as how favorite cartoon characters tie shoes, fix the bedding, or complete a puzzle game.
- Through Minifigures, hide-and-seek games or role-playing, you can show how a good boy or a good girl should perform a task in a step-by-step process. You can also incorporate the value of patience through a favorite cartoon hero taking a rest or sleeping before performing another step to complete a task.
- Use several Lego Minifigures to teach your child the concept of addition or subtraction, fractions, and other Mathematical concepts.
Through Lego Minifigures, you can improve your child’s social skills. Cooperative play means your child can interact with others with ease and confidence. Also, a part of promoting good social skills is learning how to control oneself and helping other people. It also includes showing respect and behaving during the mass, or when attending gatherings or events.
Here are the benefits of having good social skills with the help of Lego Minifigures:
- Teach children how to appropriately respond to different facial expressions or reactions, such as smiling, frowning, or an angry face.
- Children develop a sense of self-control when hearing or experiencing an unpleasant situation, like what heroes and action stars portray.
- Children learn the importance of sharing, sportsmanship, and helping others through collaborative play using Lego Minifigures.
- Show your child different good qualities, such as politeness, punctuality, bravery, and friendliness through role-playing using Lego Minifigures.
- Teach a child to become a good leader.
As a parent, you don’t just buy toys for your children to enjoy, prevent tantrums, or avoid bothering you while you’re doing household chores or working. Lego Minifigures can help you develop the important skills your child needs to eventually become a happy, confident, competent, and healthy adult.