Ultimate Guide on How to Choose Suitable Building Blocks for Kids
1. By Material
According to material, building blocks can be divided into soft, wooden and plastic, which can be selected from according to the age of the child.
Kids under 1 year old are suitable for soft building blocks. Because younger babies are easily injured, the most basic requirement for materials is softness. Tactile and other soft building block toys can be used as a tooth gel without harming your baby.
Kids within 1-3 years old are gradually forming space consciousness. The baby no longer puts the building blocks into the mouth and bites, but prefers the stacking code height, so the 1-3 year old child recommends choosing wood or soft plastic building blocks.
However, the child's body control and hand-eye coordination ability are not very good during this period, so do not choose too heavy wood or too hard plastic building blocks to prevent the child from being injured when the building blocks construction collapse or the edge of the building block is too hard to scratch the child.
Lighter wooden or soft plastic building blocks are the best choice. Baby grasping will not be very laborious. Also pay attention to the fact that the particles of plastic building blocks should be chosen to prevent children from accidentally swallowing.
Kids over the age of 3 can choose hard plastic building blocks, because the child's hand operation and hand-eye coordination are enhanced, you can choose plastic building blocks with certain difficulty to build, the building blocks can also choose smaller, do not worry about the danger of swallowing, and It is more conducive to scene performance and more interesting.
2. By Type
According to the different playing methods of building blocks, the building blocks toys can be divided into stacking, plug match, assembled building blocks. Among them, stacking and plug match blocks are the most common and mainstream building blocks on the market. The stacked type includes all wood and cloth, building blocks, while the plug match type includes plastic particle blocks (like Lego), snowflake pieces, Magnetic sheet and so on.
Before choosing the type of building block, in addition to considering the applicable age, you should also consider the construction method and difficulty to meet the needs of children.
For example, the main construction method of stacking building blocks is the base height. The baby can obviously feel the change of the number of building blocks during the construction process, and mainly exercises the baby's preliminary understanding of the concept of high and low and the cognitive basic shape. Because it is the least difficult of all block types, it is not very demanding for hands-on ability, and 2-3 year old babies can choose this type.
The plug match blocks can be connected by holes, faces, slots, etc., so the construction method is more diverse, the scope of application is wider, and the child's spatial imagination and hand-eye coordination ability can be exercised, which is more suitable for 3-6 years old.
Stacking and plug match blocks are relatively low in difficulty, most of which belong to the basic combination, while the assembly building blocks are much more difficult, requiring children to have strong hands-on ability, and more suitable for building bricks with good building capacity over 6 years old. For example, assembled building blocks need to be assembled with tools to not only exercise the child's spatial imagination, but also to exercise the child's ability to use the tool. The movable building blocks are added to the driving device, and the child needs to understand some dynamic mechanical principles.
3. What is the difference between building blocks and other toys?
As a kind of educational toys, building blocks for kids often have more varied changes. Kids can build and split at will, and the shapes they build are different, so they are more attractive. In the field of early education, the building blocks can help develop intelligence, train hand-eye coordination, and have a positive effect on the cultivation of imagination and creativity.
Therefore, building blocks are now a must-have toy for kindergartens at home and abroad. Building blocks is usually part of the kindergarten activity class. On the contrary, other ordinary toys lack the change of play, and children can easily get bored once they have been playing for a long time.