August 07, 2014

top toys - blocks

We believe the right toys contribute to a positive, healthy childhood and help build life long skills. So we thought long and hard about the kind of toys we wanted to carry at Dilly Dally before we opened our doors. In fact, we researched toys and their benefits for two years before we opened, looking for the right toys that we felt good about promoting.

Most importantly, these toys are fun. The best way to encourage kids to learn is to make it fun, so a toy must be more than a learning tool. We get to watch kids in our store playing with all kinds of our toys, and we listen carefully to what parents tell us about their experiences with our toys. So we know firsthand that kids have fun with our toys!

Blocks

This is the jack of all trades toy. Whether you're hoping for an architect, scientist or artistic genius, blocks should be a part of your child's toy box.

They excel at promoting creative thinking and imagination. A set of blocks will set kids creating countless things from one moment to the next. What will they build today? A paddock for their farm animals? A fairytale castle? A ship for their pirate to sail? The options are endless, and kids love that creative freedom. Creativity is a skill that's useful in so many ways and in pretty much every field of human activity. From excelling as a dancer to an engineer to an environmental activist to an entrepreneur, creativity is a necessary skill and likely to increase in importance as our world increases in complexity. 

Blocks build logical thinking and problem solving skills. How can I build a house for my fairy doll? How can I build the tallest structure? How can I make this bridge without it collapsing? Building with blocks means engaging in trial and error to come up with a solution.

They develop and hone motor skills for younger kids. Stacking and balancing blocks help kiddos practice and develop fine motor skills in their hands and fingers.

They introduce basic math and science principals. Building a tower of blocks demonstrates balance, while tumbling a stack of blocks demonstrates cause and effect. Playing with blocks develops spatial skills, which support complex mathematical problem solving later on.

Further reading:

Block Play in Preschool leads to increased math skills later

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