Let me introduce myself, I’m Geanina, I’m 33 years old and I live with my son Matteo and my husband in Italy. We have a beautiful house…full of Lego! Oh yes, wherever you walk there is a Lego brick! Let’s see why playing with Legos is good for children!
Lego, a transversal and timeless game
There is a game, in particular, that appeals to both children and adults, a constructive game that satisfies the desire for discovery and for fun and it tickles the ingenuity of young and old: the game of Legos.
The Lego Company was born in Danemark in 1916 as a carpentry shop. Following serious damage, it was transformed into a small-sized toy factory, which over time became famous internationality. The term Lego is an abbreviation of two Danish words “leg dot”, which translated means “play well”! The Lego symbol is the traditional brick: launched in 1958, made unique by the original interlocking system with its pipes. Its shape offers the player a great deal of play (and construction).
Lego helps children to stimulate mathematical thinking
Building towers, bridges platforms, and various characters help the child to understand space quantities, dimension, proportion, symmetry. Playing with bricks children do balance exercises! Experiment with shape and learn to divide. This is why in many kindergartens Lego are present not only as a game but also as a fun learning method!
Lego helps to stimulate fine motor skills
Fine motor skills are the control over small movements of the hands and fingers, a control that the child needs to carry out easily daily activities. Playing with Legos therefor helps the child to control these movements, to learn to measure the pressure of the hands, to be precise in positioning things.
They teach to be patient
Playing with bricks is not a game that can be done in a hurry. This is what children learn every time a tower falls or when the finished object is not as it should be. And then we start again, patiently, trying to understand the error and doing everything possible not to repeat it. Over time, children will learn that with patience and perseverance they can create more elaborate constructions and follow increasingly complex projects. This thought will help them be good students and better people.
Improve self-esteem and increase confidence
For a child putting together small pieces of Lego to create something concrete can be difficult. The achievement of this task is a great source of satisfaction for him. So much that he will spontaneously smile and proudly show his completed work. This has an extremely positive effect on a child’s self-esteem and increases self-confidence. It’s not a trivial matter.
Develop socialization, sharing, and communication
With Lego, you can also play in groups at home or in kindergartens and this teaches children to socialize with others. When working together to build something, children have to agree on the idea of the game to be built, they have to respect the shifts, they have to learn to communicate, to express themselves and to share roles and responsibilities. Only then will they understand that they can achieve a common result and have a pleasant social experience.