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The game is not just a game: the constructions

Here I am talking about an evergreen game for all ages. I want to go into a little more detail on this subject to try to make you understand the importance of these games. And above all, to help you find the best toys for your children and make your life a little easier. We have to help each other as parents, don't we?

wooden building blocks for kids, educational toy for toddler

Don't just call it a game!

That's right, building is not just a game, it is a very important recreational activity of great educational value.
Construction play allows children to develop and increase many new skills and abilities: it stimulates creativity and imagination, encourages the development of manual dexterity, refines precision and the sense of balance and helps children to maintain sustained attention over time.

The great thing about this game is that there are no rules or proper methods for having fun, it doesn't get tired and is never boring because there is always something new and interesting to do and each child decides how and how much to play with it.

Toddler with hands colored by tempera

A game for all ages

My favourite part of this game is that it is able to accompany the child through the various developmental stages: that's why there are so many different types of constructions, to suit the needs of each age group.

Very young children are usually attracted by simple objects that are easy to hold, they do not look for things that are too complex, they are fascinated by toys with different colours. Initially they pick up the toy, manipulate it and then put it down, later retrieving it. And as time goes by, they learn the concept of interlocking. Later, once they have acquired more precision and building skills, the children move on to a more planned and detailed type of creation, using more complex blocks with particular shapes.

little girl playing with a wooden toy

Large and robust constructions are recommended for the first months. After the first year it is always better to have big pieces, but wood is also starting to be a good material.

For older children, building is also an excellent opportunity to learn the concept of collaboration and sharing: the involvement of two or more individuals in a joint building project encourages children to be more socially open-minded and more inclined towards teamwork.

And for those who have two or more children, it is a good way to facilitate complicity between siblings. I'll give you the example of my children, they are 3 and 7 years old, they generally have their own games and their own favourite areas of the house to play in, but when they find themselves in front of the constructions they are a tight-knit team: they collaborate and work together (obviously, each according to their own abilities) with a common goal, they share the commitment, the curiosity, the wonder of the game and for me as a mother it is an indescribable pleasure to see them together so cohesive.

But let's not forget the adult builder: we parents! I often find myself an accomplice with my husband in the endeavour to build something interesting together, but time and again our works are disfigured when compared with the beautiful work done by the little ones at home!

That's why this game is good for you:

  • Concentration is enhanced: the little player knows the many solutions of the game and applies himself to try out as many as possible.
  • Precision: in order to get what you want, you have to make the right joints.
  • Patience, the child will also learn, often brings good results!
  • A child can train its problem-solving skills by always looking for different solutions to achieve a desired result.
  • The child has fun experimenting with the many combinations of interlocking, seeing a multitude of possible shapes and games created.
  • The originality lies in the fact that it offers the little user a very wide range of possibilities for use, allowing him to give free rein to his imagination.

The educational aspect

  • concepts of space, proportion and size
  • the ability to concentrate is enhanced
  • a precision
  • patience
  • problem-solving
In an age in which new technologies reign supreme, building is still a traditional way of playing, constructing realities and possible worlds, without giving in to a silencing of critical and rational activity, which unfortunately starts at a very young age.
    "Remember: the quality of the time you dedicate to your little one is important in addition to the quantity"