QUADRO promotes the development of children
Play is not just about having fun or keeping kids distracted, it is a crucial part of a child’s development, they are learning through play. Providing access to a variety of construction toys and creative products helps them build self-confidence and fosters independent learning. Fine and gross motor skills are developed, eye-hand coordination is improved and by overcoming challenges they become adept problem solvers. Giving children time to explore and play with others also helps them develop into more confident human beings.
A variety of toys for a variety of senses
For the well-rounded development of a child, it is important they play with a variety of things. Natural materials, like sand and water challenge different senses compared to manufactured toys like wooden blocks and construction materials. For example, playing in the sand involves scooping, patting and wriggling whereas playing with construction toys requires grasping, turning, clicking and stacking which trains and improves eye-hand coordination.
Children will consider and compare pieces before trying to connect or combine them, this develops their depth perception and teaches them to recognise “same and different.” Older children must use mathematics to count the pieces they will need. They must also utilise their ability to read and understand instructions when required in order to build more complex designs. Children with a learning disability especially benefit from the development of these skills. However, toys only do half the job, another crucial role of playing is the opportunity for children to explore and develop friendships.
Social and emotional development
Studies have shown that children who have friends tend to be more socially competent and have higher self-esteem and self-confidence. Friendships enable children to learn more about themselves and those around them, playing an significant role in developing their own identity. Having friends is important because they are able to help relieve stress and navigate challenging experiences.
Construction toys are perfect for sharing, making it easier to have a playmate nearby. Building together also fosters teamwork and cooperation. Children learn to give and receive advice to one another. Parents can also join in. While constructing objects, parents can ask their children how they made it, what components they needed to use, or involve the child in the construction of another model together. Not only does this encourage social skills, but it helps children give and understand directions and practice verbalisation.