Learning boxes are so easy to put together and with little investment, teaching preschool at home or just filling their day with learning play can benefit your preschooler for years to come. My 3 year old son, loves his learning boxes and fills so happy when he is doing ‘school' of his own, while his older siblings are busy with their homeschooling assignments.
Here is how your preschooler can benefit from learning boxes:
Engaging the Mind Through Play
Learning boxes are a great way to engage their mind through play, by getting them to think about the actions required in the learning box activity, while completely appealing to the play they desire. My 3 year old will sort just about anything! When I gave him a mixed snack of Goldfish and Cheerios, he sorted them on his high chair tray at just ONE! It blew my mind away. He hasn't stopped sorting since. He will sort his M&Ms, his game pieces to anything thing that his plays and even things I leave on the table, like these erasers in the picture below.
Hands-on Learning Engages Different Parts of the Brain
There are three ways to learn: visual, audio and kinesthetic (hands-on). Learning boxes are a perfect way to involve two or three of these together. I have recently shared a few that would work great for this: Alphabet Beads, Alphabet Clothes Pins, Alphabet Tiles, Alphabet Legos and Number Legos. Be sure to subscribe to my blog to gain access to the exclusive PDFs that will allow your preschooler to grow their abilities with these learning boxes even into 2nd and 3rd grade.
Develops Hand-Eye Coordination
Hand-eye coordination is so important to learn early in life, but without the practice, these skills can be put off and hinder the success for school work. I have used bath time and pool time to develop the hand-eye coordination required to pour liquids and another great learning box using plastic Easter eggs to engage the brain while practicing this necessary skill.
Fosters Independent Learning
What I love most about learning boxes is that they foster the love of independent learning in even young children. Giving them 15-20 minutes to explore what is inside the boxes and to work to figure out what to do (after a little instruction and demonstration) will help your preschooler know how to independently play through learning for years to come. This is a great benefit to the years when Lego time is enjoyed by many boys and girls.
Builds Their Creativity
Once children learn through play with learning boxes, they can grow their own creativity and beginning turning everyday things into creative play that engages every aspect of their lives.
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