What do Darth Vader, Batman, Harry Potter, and Neil Armstrong all have in common? For starters, they all wore very goofy outfits. While that is certainly true, they have another thing in common as well; they have all been immortalized by having LEGO figures modeled after them!
For 55 years now, the LEGO brand has become one of the most recognizable and iconic toys in existence. Just about every household has a few blocks lying around somewhere (usually on the floor, to be stepped on barefoot at 6 in the morning), and it’s unlikely that you’ll find a toy store that doesn’t carry their products. Virtually every child and adult has played with LEGO’s at some point in their life, trying to build anything from cars to houses to spaceships. So what is it about these little colorful blocks that are so appealing? Why have these simple little plastic pieces been twice voted the “toy of the century?”
For starters, perhaps better than any other toy, LEGO’s put the user in a position of unique innovation and creativity. There are, quite literally, an unending, unlimited amount of possibilities of things to build with LEGO’s. One would be hard-pressed to find a toy that more perfectly inspires learning, fun, and creativity. And the genius of LEGO is that kids would never think of them as an “educational toy”; to them, it’s just fun!
Countless studies have been conducted that prove time and time again that LEGO’s are marvelous toys for learning. And it isn’t just in children either. A newer approach some businesses are taking during hiring processes for new employees is to give them a set of LEGO blocks and just have them build. No instructions or direction are given. This provides a fantastic barometer to read into an individual’s creative abilities.
The following are just a few benefits LEGO’s have proven to have for children:
- Motor Skills Development
- Sorting Skills
- Math Skills
- Spatial Development
- Color and Shape Recognition
- Pattern Practice
- Three-Dimensional Thinking
- Creative and Thinking Skills
- Divergent Problem Solving
- Enhance Imagination
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Direction Following
- Multiple Benefits for Kids with Autism and other Learning Disabilities
The next time you’re at the toy store or shopping online to find your child their new favorite toy, pass on toys that have no lasting benefit for your child, and reach for some LEGO’s!