"It's universal, and it's powerful: Toy blocks and other construction toys can change the way kids think. Building projects stimulate creativity, and sharpen crucial skills.
As developmental psychologist Rachel Keen notes, parents and teachers "need to design environments that encourage and enhance problem solving from a young age" (Keen 2011). And construction toys seem ideally suited to the purpose. Studies suggest they can help kids develop
- motor skills and hand-eye coordination,
- spatial skills,
- a capacity for creative, divergent thinking,
- social skills, and
- language skills.
Moreover, children can integrate their own constructions into pretend play scenarios. There is also evidence that complex block-play is linked with advanced math skills in later life.
Here I review the cognitive benefits of playing with toy blocks. I also offer tips for making block-play more stimulating and rewarding. For more evidence-based information, see my article about construction and STEM skills, and this Parenting Science guide to educational toys and games." You can continue reading this article from Parenting Science here.
Pix Brix Building Blocks make great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or other celebratory events like school promotion or graduation. And the best part is, kids won't have to give up their LEGOs® since Pix Brix are compatible with most major brands.
One of the most rewarding parts of our job is seeing all the cool designs our fans come up with from Pac-Man Ghost to Spiderman to My Little Pony characters. At conventions, we'll sometimes have competitions and events where people can design any creation they like. Below are a few images from that.
Watching people of all ages design, create, and build various images is cool to be part of! And we love all the science-backed research placing building blocks toward the top of the list on ways to improve creativity, spatial skills, and other important developmental components of children.
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