Bricks, Legos, snowflakes, magnetic pieces... Six categories of construction toys, did you choose the right one

Construction games with no real meaning within the age of 3

Construction games mean that children build materials (building blocks, Legos) according to their own interests and needs to reflect things in life. In the true sense of the construction game, the child first has a given impression in the mind, what to build, and then completes the mind by playing with the material.

Children under the age of 3 are usually only interested in the action of "building", so you will find children keen to put blocks up and then push. Or like to push other people's blocks. Because he does not have a specific purpose in mind, the fun of the game lies in the actions such as "lapping and pushing".

Children under the age of 2 are more interested in building materials, such as blocks and Legos, than in the process of putting them together. For them, fiddling with these materials has already achieved the satisfaction of the game. Therefore, you will find that children often appear to throw blocks. It's not trick-or-treating, it's the play behavior of children their age, and it's a fun exploration of play material.

3-4 year old children ride first and then think

When children in small classes play construction games, they often have a kind of fun, but you ask "What are you building?" When, the situation immediately stunned.

Because this age group of children are first to take after thinking, at the beginning of the mind does not have a goal to build. When it's all set up, see what it looks like and name it what it is. This is the germ of the construction of the game, to be protected.

Starting from the age of 4 years old to establish a clear goal

Children in middle and large classes not only care about the process of building, but also pay more attention to whether the result of building is originally what they want. At this time, their building skills will be higher, in addition to the height of the base will also appear tiling, enclosing, overhead and other skills.

There will be collaborative construction in Taipan. Building games is no longer just a matter of intellectual development such as spatial thinking skills, but is increasingly a social component.

Well, if we know in advance the context of the development of children's construction games, then we have a spectrum of how to choose the right construction materials for children.

Building blocks

After one year of age, every child should have a set of building blocks as an inspiration for building games.

For 2 - and 3-year-old children, blocks are a good tool for recognizing three-dimensional shapes. Through biting, touching, throwing, bashing and other actions, they understand the different morphological characteristics of three-dimensional shapes.

In the process of building blocks, because there is only one "take - put" action, it is the lowest difficulty for children to build, even a 2-year-old baby can easily master.

With the growth of age, children get more building skills, and the finished form built with blocks will be richer.

1, how large particles of building blocks are appropriate?

Because babies under the age of three will still eat blocks, the particles of blocks should not be too small to avoid the risk of suffocation. The American toy testing standard ASTM F963-11 clearly states that small parts must comply with 16CFR 1501. You can test it with this little part tester. See the picture below:

This is a small parts tester with a diameter of 3.17cm and a depth of 5.71cm. If the block particles can be fully integrated into the tester, then they should not be handled by children under the age of three.

Therefore, it is recommended to buy toys for children under the age of 3, with a small cylinder as the standard, and the diameter of the small cylinder is not less than 3.2cm.

2, What shape combination is appropriate?

General building block combinations will have small cubes, cuboids, cylinders, semicircles, triangles and arch Bridges. Should I give it to the child all at once?

Qiang Ma thinks not. Children play with building blocks are playing less and less (helpless face), so when the child is young, it is not necessary to provide all shapes to the child too early, otherwise you will find that a bag of building blocks play for a few days and half the bag is left.

So how do you put it together? 2 - and 3-year-olds generally have a soft spot for small cubes. Strong mother's understanding is that small cubes can best reflect the beauty of symmetry, and it is easy to grasp and easy to build. Therefore, for children under the age of 3, you can provide more small cubes, and make changes with cuboids and triangles. When the child is older and has the concept of bridge (overhead), more shapes can be provided according to the development of fine motor.


Lego has divided large and small particles according to the age of the child, which is much less worrying than the jumble of bricks.

As for how young children can play with legos, Strong Mom's experience is at least 2 years old and older.

Because unlike building blocks, LEGO belongs to the plastic toys, in addition to the "take - put" action, there are "on - plug - pull" fine movements, for children's hand-eye coordination and hand strength have certain requirements. Children under the age of 2 have a hard time really building LEGO.

Plastic toys, on the other hand, are slightly inferior to building blocks in their perception of different shapes. It is not as good as building blocks, and it is not suitable for small age babies.

Based on the high price of Lego, strong mother upholds the strong idea of small farmers, for 2-4 years old children (except for children who have a strong interest in Lego) only need to buy a large particle scene series with some basic shapes.

Snowflake block

It's a childhood memory of why kids like to play with snowflakes. Strong mother thinks that is because snowflakes do not limit the children's thinking and play. The snowflake is simple, with eight sockets on a circular piece, but it can be transformed into anything according to the children's imagination.

In the process of playing snowflake, children can freely play imagination, not fixed gameplay and ideas, which is why children love to play snowflake.

However, the diameter of the snowflake is 1-2cm, which is dangerous for children under three years old. Moreover, the snowflake has a "pair - twist - insert - pull" action, which requires hand-eye coordination and hand strength. Therefore, it is suitable for children over 4 and 5 years old who have already had the purpose of building and whose building skills are becoming more mature.

Magnetic sheet

Magnetic sheet due to the existence of magnetic force, for a 2-year-old baby like strong brother can also be relatively easy to build and dismantle (less effort than Lego ~). At the same time, it can also help young babies perceive different plane graphics. The rich color and the reason of its own shape, the plane pattern built is very beautiful. This is in line with the young children like to build flat rather than three-dimensional.

The charm of the magnetic sheet is not only that it can take flat graphics, but also three-dimensional things. And unlike the building blocks themselves, the magnetic piece is a three-dimensional building through a piece of plane graphics, which requires higher spatial imagination and construction ability of children. Therefore, from the perspective of three-dimensional construction, the magnetic sheet is also suitable for children over 4 years old, with higher spatial perception and imagination ability.

However, considering the price, the magnetic film is really not cheap. The more shapes the more expensive, no cheaper than Lego's Debo. Therefore, if economic factors are not considered, magnetic pieces can be used as another good choice of construction materials for children in addition to building blocks.

Magnetic panel

First of all, it's definitely not for kids under three. Because its caliber is too small, there is a risk of swallowing it.

The magnetic Mosaic is actually the use of magnetic force to spell out graphics on the plane, which is different from the traditional sense of construction, more like a jigsaw puzzle. But this "jigsaw" does not have established graphics, allowing children to play imagination, free to match. Therefore, children need to have a plan and idea in their minds first, which is more suitable for 4 or 5 year old children.

However, as far as the strong mother's previous work experience in the kindergarten is concerned, the 4 - and 5-year-old children are more enthusiastic about building three-dimensional buildings rather than sticking to the flat. Therefore, this thing is likely to become chicken ribs when it is bought home, because it is really expensive.

Scene building block

Similar to our city scene, there are police stations, cafes, post offices and so on. First of all, the child must know these scenes, the construction is meaningful. You might as well build it out of ordinary bricks and then name it yourself.

Secondly, the method of building scene blocks is relatively simple. Since the scenes are mostly fixed, trees are trees, post boxes are post boxes, police stations are police stations... Not conducive to children's imagination free construction. It is not as good as building blocks this kind of toys that are not fixed to build more children can not put down.

Scene building blocks are actually more suitable for children to use the scene for role playing or storytelling and other extended games after the completion of the construction. Therefore, it is more suitable for older children over the age of 5 who substitute behaviors and have stronger language ability.

Post time: 2023-10-10 16:04:31