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Why your baby should be playing with blocks

Your little engineer is still a couple of months away from stacking blocks, but early exposure will help him hone his budding new skills.

One way to play for now is to build a tower of a couple of blocks and let your crawling baby knock over your architectural masterpiece. Placing some blocks on a low couch will invite your little one to pull up if he is showing signs of pulling-to-stand or even cruising. It will only be around 12 months that your baby’s starts banging two blocks together and, according to research, you can expect your 12 to 15-month old to stack two blocks.

But no matter how your baby "plays" with blocks now, he is developing fine motor skills and learning how to use his hands in a coordinated manner. Banging blocks demonstrates hand-eye coordination, focus, intent and an understanding of cause and effect - go, baby, go!

Blocks are those magical toys you can expect to keep in the playroom for a long time. Here are seven reasons why early exposure and block play is so valuable:

  1. Imagination – Through block play, children are free to follow their ideas as they embark on a voyage of discovery.
  2. Problem-solving – Blocks offer a great platform to develop problem-solving and reasoning skills.
  3. Mathematics – Due to the many shapes, sizes and colours on offer, blocks offer loads of opportunity for children to practise important maths skills.
  4. Physical development – Block play promotes the development of hand-eye coordination and strengthens their fingers, hands and arms.
  5. Creativity – Blocks are loose parts, meaning children are free to combine and recombine them in countless ways. 
  6. Science – Blocks help them to become familiar with balance, weight, spatial awareness and gravity.
  7. Communication & literacy – As your baby encounters new experiences through block play, there are countless opportunities for the development of new vocabulary.

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