Building never ends
Wooden blocks can be a challenge already for a one-year-old child as an object studied with hands and known by other senses. The construction of the first towers is possible around the 9th month, before you can give your child the opportunity to demolish structures created by adults, which for both sides can be a considerable attraction.
In the area 14 month you can already expect the first stable towers built independently by a child and consisting of several blocks. If the parents support the child in play, most likely the child will enthusiastically accept the opportunity to bring new buildings every now and then: houses, bridges, roads, garages.
Wooden blocks that do not form solid structures require a child's manual dexterity, focus and patience. That is why they are quite a challenge for both two and five years old. At least in theory, because practice (about which below) often does not confirm this fact.
For some children and parents, the disadvantage of wooden blocks is that they do not allow the construction of permanent buildings. The lack of hooks typical for Lego, Clics, Wafer or other blocks makes a building built using wooden blocks easy to tear down. Sometimes a more rapid movement is enough, other times blowing into the tower.
The first constructions brought in by a child are able to survive only a few moments. The fact that wooden blocks do not build durable constructions is, according to psychologists, their advantage, not a disadvantage. This is to allow for endless fun carried out in many ways.
Both building and destroying blocks have a positive effect on the toddler's motor skills. It also has another advantage: it enables the development of cognitive skills and the learning of cause and effect relationships.
Children and their opinions
Almost from the beginning, some children like to play with wooden blocks. Others only when the parent tries to focus their attention on the blocks. Still others to play with the iconic "clogs" have to find out or mature.
From my mother's statement, it turns out that it is also typical that children around the age of one year, who remembered playing with wooden blocks, lose interest in them over time. There is even an opinion that wooden blocks are too simple for a child who is three years old, not to mention the older child. Children over two years have to choose bricks much more often, thanks to which they can create more complex constructions. Do you agree with this view?
What wooden blocks to choose?
Whether children like wooden blocks also depends on which set of blocks we choose. Attention should be paid to:
- size of blocks - larger blocks are intended for younger children,
- their surface and method of implementation - some bricks available on the market have a slippery surface that does not make it easier to handle the blocks and makes structures created from them extremely unstable,
- colors, patterns, shapes- blocks with letters, patterns, colorful and one-colored, of various shapes are available to build different forms.
- the more the better - larger sets of blocks are definitely better than smaller ones. This is obvious because thanks to this there are more opportunities to play.
- price - wooden blocks can be obtained in various places. It is important to pay attention to their performance and associated safety. Frequent promotions and a good offer of domestic producers allows you to get good wooden blocks at low prices.
And how are you doing, do your children like playing with wooden blocks?