[AD] Construction toys take lots of different forms, be it building blocks, simple wooden planks, interlocking plastic bricks or rods and connectors. One thing that does remain the same however is the benefits that such building toys have on a child’s development and this week we are shining the spotlight on Kid K’Nex.
Kid K’Nex building toys are the perfect way for your toddler to express their imagination and creativity! Developed with little hands in mind, the Kid K’Nex parts are larger, softer, and chunkier than classic K’Nex rods and connectors, so your 3-5 year old will be building and creating in no time.
As part of this week’s Kid K’Nex takeover, we’re going to delve a little deeper into construction play and find out what exactly makes it so beneficial.
Helps develop problem solving skills
Construction play is all about trial-and-error. Building toys present themselves like a puzzle and the first thing a child thinks when they look at them is “how can I piece these together?”. Right from the word go construction play encourages little ones to solve problems and find solutions. The more they engage in construction play, the more skilled they’ll become!
Improves hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
During all the constructing, children are learning to control their movements and to connect touch and sight. Picking up pieces and parts is also a great way for little ones to improve their fine motor skills as they get to grips with different objects.
Encourages imagination and creativity
Construction play is also a sure-fire way to inspire children to use their imagination and think outside the box. The bright colours of the pieces and parts will have kids getting artistic while the various shapes will trigger their imagination as they think of fun new ways to build!
Helps with spatial awareness
Building with K’Nex or any other construction toy for that matter is a great way to build skills such as spatial awareness. Spatial awareness is all about knowing where your body is in space in relation to objects or other people.
Fosters STEM learning
Construction play sets children up for learning important subjects such as science, technology, engineering or maths aka STEM.