The Value of Play: Lego
Play has long been recognised as enhancing learning, but sometimes when our kids play all day it is hard to believe they are learning anything at all. I often used to ask myself just what was it the children were learning from playing Lego all day long, and whether they were wasting precious 'learning moments' when we could have been doing something more educational! I once took the time to observe their play, occasionally joining in and having some fun too. I brought to the front of my mind all I knew about learning, and asked myself what was going on as we played. Here are some of the things I discovered were happening:
We were also, without knowing it, fully engaged in experiments in physics and mathematics, in the areas of space, measurement, motion, energy, speed, efficiency, safety, strength. And when we used the Technic bricks we were becoming competent with using technology such as gears, pulleys, levers, chains, etc. All this in 'just playing'!
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