Five Fun Ways to Build Stronger Social Emotional Skills

Famed educator Maria Montessori said, “Play is the work of the child.” It’s through play that children develop social skills and emotional maturity, learning to model adult behaviors, take turns, work together, communicate with each other, express creativity, experiment, win and lose gracefully, and so much more. Construction toys have the added benefit of teaching early math, science, and engineering skills, while also reaping the social emotional benefits of traditional play. Read on to learn more about the social benefits of engineering toys:

1. Feeling of Pride and Competence – Whether translating an abstract vision into tangible reality, replicating a real-life structure perfectly, or assembling a building taller than themselves, completing and sharing a “build” develops children’s sense of pride and ability, affirming that they are able to do big, important things! Click to learn more about the importance of self-esteem in early childhood and ways parents can nurture confidence in young children.

2. Cooperation and Collaboration – A wise man (some guy named Plato) once said “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Taking turns, working together, and learning to compromise are critical social skills for Kindergarten – and for life. Find more information on the different stages of play and ways to encourage cooperative play. Brackitz’ large-scale planks and connectors make learning to work together easy, with plenty of space for multiple children to build together at the same time. Click here for some fun, large-scale project ideas perfect for creating together.

3. Cleanup and Organization – With plenty of pieces to play with, engineering toys for kids also provide plenty of clean up practice! Whether working with Brackitz planks and connectors or other brands of bricks and blocks, learning to sort and separate pieces is an organizational skill that will last a lifetime. Learn the simple 1, 2, 3 method of introducing organizational skills to little ones.

4. Autonomy – According to many child development studies, autonomy, or the sense of having choices and making them independently, is crucial to a child’s (and their future adult self’s) sense of well-being. With no right or wrong way to build, open ended toys like Brackitz enable kids to build whatever they like, all on their own. Set with larger-scaled pieces like Brackitz’ planks and connectors make it especially easy for little hands to manipulate pieces for a completely independent experience. For a detailed study on the importance of autonomy, click this link!

5. Self-Confidence – “I did it!” – the second-sweetest three words to a parent’s ears! Every successful construction toy build boosts a child’s confidence in their own abilities, which translates into a willingness to try new things on their own, from putting on their own socks to mastering multiplication facts to jumping off the diving board. Recent research reports than nearly 80% of American parents rank independence as “especially important to teach their children” and confidence is the first (sock-footed!) step.

The importance of play cannot be underestimated and the benefits of construction play are nearly endless, from an introduction to STEM skills to the development of key social-emotional skills. Click to learn how building with Brackitz develops key math and science skills, as well. Now let’s build!

Brackitz is the only construction toy that lets kids design any structure they can imagine - anything. Our unique, connect-anywhere brackitz enables kids to create large scale, portable, 3-D structures – with no instructions or limitations – all while learning real-life math, science, engineering, and architecture skills.

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