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Why magnetic blocks are important educational toys

February 21, 2018

 

Why magnetic toys are important educational toys.

 

It’s not a mystery that children can learn a lot through block play. It has become such an important aspect of a child’s brain development that many educators are pushing for classrooms to have sets of unit blocks and plenty of space to play with construction toys.

 

Problem solving, self esteem, science, creativity, continuity, mathematics and imagination are just some of the aspects playing blocks can help a child’s brain develop. 

 

When building structures a child is encouraged to test spatial relationships and mentally rotate objects in the mind's eye, boosting their ability to develop superior spatial abilities.

 

Even more so when the blocks are magnetic. A magnetic toy like Trido helps to develop spatial and dimensional thinking, motor skills, math, geometry, science and lots more thanks to the infinite number of ways in which kids can combine the shapes. Because of how the magnets are embedded in the modules and positioned in such a way that the shapes will always align themselves along their edges, a kid’s imagination is allowed to run wild into building a brand new sculp

 

ture every day, multiple times a day. This is also known as divergent play, and divergent play with blocks may prepare kids to think creatively and better solve divergent problems (convergent problems have only one correct solution; divergent problems can be solved in multiple ways).

 

Toys like Trido also offer a range of options for young dual language learners to express themselves, explore and show what they are learning. On a social and emotional level, children playing with such magnetic modules learn to share, take turns, cooperate, develop friendships, increase attention span and develop self-esteem. It goes without saying that the sensory aspect of such toys helps children with disabilities such as Autism and ADHD, while fidgeting and keeping their hands busy with it is a way to cope and adjust to enhance cognitive tasks.

 

During free choice time children should be able to initiate play with two to three peers, participate in cooperative learning activities to complete desired tasks, or play cooperatively with three or four children for a sustained period of time. Because the world is changing at fast pace, it is important that children are given the necessary skills to adapt to the changing world rather than simply instruct them to memorise facts and knowledge. It is pivotal that they develop the ability to be adaptive and solve new problems as they arise. That is why the need for building blocks and magnetic toys in the educational system and a child’s every-day life has now become something that cannot be ignored any further.

 

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