(BPT) – While school prep is normally focused around kindergarten and elementary school students, increasingly preparations are occurring at much younger ages. Enhancing learning-based skills in preschoolers can be invaluable to their development and play is an essential role in early classroom experiences.
Developmental toys, like blocks and play construction tools, for example, have been very popular with children of all ages, creating problem solving situations and helping to spark creativity.
While building blocks have long been known to help young children develop motor skills and spatial awareness, toys such as the First Builders Spell School Bus by Mega Bloks also introduce kids to the alphabet and other classroom subjects. Learn more at www.megabloks.com.
Developmental psychologist and child play expert Dr. Maureen O’Brien is just one of the experts advocating this kind of play for preschoolers. “Studies have shown that when children are actively involved in putting letters together – compared to simply pointing and naming – their memory and recognition skills are improved” says Dr. O’Brien. “Reading experts know that combining learning and fun is a better way to build skills than simply memorizing what letters look like.”
The same principles apply to math and other subjects, where construction toys like the 1-2-3 Learning Train from the Mega Bloks, can help kids get familiar with basic digits in a more hands-on way.
From giving kids their first taste of classroom subjects to helping them with motor skills and socializing, developmental toys like building blocks are a good way to help get kids excited at the idea of going to school. As they begin to mix learning and play, children will discover that school can be fun. They will be that much more ready and eager when it comes time to board the school bus.