by Kathryn Wise
We know what you are thinking! Those tiny little blocks scattered along the floor and you accidentally step on them! But, did you know Legos are one of the most versatile play objects and offer a ton of developmental opportunities! Legos can help children follow directions, collaborate with others, and use their imagination! During this period of time at home, we would like to highlight some strategies to make the most out of your Lego experience!
The fine motor benefits from Lego help develop the detail movements of the hand This may include overall strengthening and the ability to manipulate and control various objects and tools.
Legos require us to use both sides of our body. These skills are needed for such things as eating and dressing. Legos allow us to automatically use both sides of our body while doing something fun!
Legos come in all shapes, sizes, and colours. Children are required to use their tactile perception and discriminate in order to proper place the lego. Children require visual processing to find and match colours, shapes and pictures of the models.
Some tips and strategies:
Here is one of our clinics favorite Lego set's. We are able to adapt it for kids of varying ages despite it being a rather simple set. For older kids we may put the pieces in various steps of an obstacle course or we may have them describe the piece they need, practicing using descriptive language.