Construction games, a pillar of positive education
Many studies conducted by pediatricians, psychologists, and more recently through neurosciences proved that play is essential to child’s development. Playing develops new nervous cells, especially in brain regions involved in emotional control and social learning.
Yes but which specific games or toys?
Even if video games have some benefits, nothing replaces the experience of objects handling in terms of positive impact on brain development.
Construction game is one of the most interesting categories regarding benefits for children’s growth. Constructing and moving all the separate elements enables to develop child’s autonomy and agility. Construction toys are also a very positive way to express children’s creativity and thus a powerful positive education tool.
In this article, we’ll describe you the broad range of benefits of construction games through the example of Fabulabox.
Fine motor skills
Construction games reinforce fine motor skills that are the ability to use hand muscles to pinch, catch, write… In other words, all the faculties specific to mankind !
In each Fabulabox, the first steps of play – the folding, the assembly of the blocks, and the insert in the bioplastic plugs – were designed to maximize motor functions. The pre-cut sceneries also enables children to work in complete autonomy.
Each step mobilizes new muscles and favors a coordinated and concentrated work… for an immediately rewarding result!
After the assembly of cubes, comes the choice of the combination of the buildings. As early as three yo, children are able to engage in more sophisticated projects. They can reproduce a setting from reality or invent their own staging.
The game should therefore leave children total freedom of action.
For instance with Fabulabox, children can either compose their city scenery freely or copy one of our suggestion. Children can change the location of each part or mix the different references together since they are all compatible with each other.
This capacity to adjust their environment according to their will, allow children to develop their spatial recognition and logic. They become aware of their body, of their place in the outside world and of their grasp on the real world.
Stimulation of the imagination and intellectual thinking
Once the decor has been assembled, children can invent their stories and add their dolls or action figures. Their fantasy world becomes more sophisticated as they grow. So that we designed a toy that respects this intelligence and does not undervalue their imaginary capacities. We also worked on precise and numerous details in the frontages. All of them are inspired by the architectural specificities of worldwide cities so that children can imagine themselves there. The graphic humoristic or poetic details also catches their imagination and invite them to create their stories in total freedom…
Getting to know yourself through play
Free assemble is a very good way to discover yourself. Children test their personal tastes and preferences between disorder and symmetry, vertical or horizontal assemblies, strength or aesthetics. They keep wondering how to improve their constructions.
Games also enable them to gain self-confidence: children can make their own rules, control their own universe.
Construction games finally develops a more sophisticated line of thinking, essential to problem solving capabilities. Studies shows that 4 yo children that build complex constructions with cubes earn better grades later, regardless of their IQ.
Whatever the system, construction games offer real benefits in the development of intellectual, physical and imaginative capacities of children.
Don’t hesitate to focus on free play in the game process : letting children make their own experiences is beneficial for their learning. In education in general, children learn more from doing in autonomy. Céline Alvarez explains this approach of autonomous learning in her book “ The Natural laws of children” (https://www.celinealvarez.org/?locale=en) . We encourage you to read it!