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There are many reasons to play with LEGOs that having nothing to do with them being loads of fun. Even as an adult, I find that building with LEGOs is a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the day. There’s just something timelessly fun about creating things with little plastic colored blocks. I’ve even caught my 22-year-old daughter putting together LEGO projects a few times. No matter what your reasons are for having LEGOs in the house, it’s very easy to see why LEGO building kits top the most requested gift list year after year for all ages. Despite the simple joy of creating intricate building projects, LEGOs can be used in a variety of different educational projects as well – for younger kids as well as for older kids. This post is brought to you by Pley and contains affiliate links.
7 Surprising Reasons to Play With LEGOs
We all have our own reasons for using LEGOs, but here are a few reasons to play with LEGOs that you may not have thought of:
- Spatial reasoning and learning skills. For younger kids, LEGOs can teach spatial reasoning and learning skills. Spatial reasoning is the ability to think about things in three dimensions – height, width, and length.
- Math skills. Blocks can be used to visually explain concepts like addition and subtraction by adding and taking away blocks during playtime.
- Role playing. Using the little LEGO characters allows your child to role play different scenarios. One of our favorites is the LEGO cowboy but there are many other characters that your child will enjoy.
- Creative writing. There are Story Starter books that pair with a variety of LEGO kits to encourage your child’s creative writing skills.
- Motor skills. Very young children will develop motor skills as they fit together the different LEGO blocks.
- Social skills. Encourage your child to play LEGOs with a friend which will help them develop social skills and sharing.
- Develop imagination. Let your child create a dragon or a scene from Harry Potter to encourage their imagination.
Of course, if your children are like mine, the LEGO collection can get out of control if you’re not careful. I don’t want to have 37 boxes of LEGOs in my house that will end up getting scattered, mixed up and disorganized. I much prefer using a subscription service like Pley which allows us to receive a toy, play with it and then return it for the next. This means that there are new toys to challenge your child without letting your collection get out of control.
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Pley: I Love My School Contest Details.
Win $500 worth of fun educational toys for your school. February is about love and appreciation and showing the people you love how much you care about them. Well at Pley they love love and so they’re launching the first-ever I Love My School Contest. Nominate your school by telling us why you love your school. The elementary school with the most number of nominations will be announced as the winner and will receive $500 worth of fun educational toys.
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