On Thursday during break time our junior campus students have the opportunity to join in a variety of STEM challenges with Lego. It's one of the world's most recognisable and valuable toy brands and has been for many years! We have all spent countless hours playing with Lego in our early (and sometimes later) years, but have you ever considered the role that Lego plays in a child's early learning and development?
Connecting pieces of Lego requires precision and coordination, which assists children to develop and strengthen their fine motor skills. Like most things, playing with Lego is always more fun with your friends. Students who play with Lego together learn how to share with others and it also teaches them basic teamwork and communication skills when working together to achieve a common goal. Everyone experiences the trauma that follows the accidental destruction of a carefully constructed Lego tower. Initially the effects of this are often devastating, however, encouraging students to start again and not give up builds their resilience and teaches them to persevere when unfortunate situations occur. Playing with Lego teaches students to recognise problems before they occur and use their problem-solving skills to avoid Lego 'disasters'. Following instructions and figuring out how to fix an unstable Lego structure is quite a worthwhile learning process. When playing with Lego, your creativity is only limited by your own imagination. Lego gives students the opportunity to let their imagination run wild and explore their creativity without fear of failure. It allows students to discover what they are able to create when they play without restraint.
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