Positive education toy ? Why? The child is a formidable learning machine. For example, a child who has the opportunity to learn other languages before the age of 10 acquires them more easily and quickly than older children or adults. Creative toys help stimulate children’s creativity (who would have thought). They have the power to develop confidence and creative independence through exploration and discovery.
Letting children find their own way to play helps develop their spatial awareness and encourages them to think “outside the box”. Positive parenting enhances children’s development, building their confidence and independence. Play is essential for the development of children. How does a construction game contribute to a child’s development? Discover with Kojo, our vision of educational toys.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”Albert Einstein
The construction game, champion of positive education
In recent years, numerous studies have shown that play is essential for children’s development. These studies, conducted by pediatricians, psychologists and more recently by neurologists, tend to show that playing helps develop new nerve cells (out of the billions we already have).
For some time now, educational games (and positive education toys) have been making their appearance in school classrooms, especially in the United States. This is the case of the video game Minecraft for example, the “sandbox” construction game. If video games have positive virtues on brain development, nothing can replace the experience accumulated by manipulating objects in the real world (the one with the annoying flies in the kitchen and the lame drawings on the fridge). The construction game is very rich in benefits for the child. Let’s go over these in detail.
The main benefit is the development of motor skills. A construction game where the child is active and autonomous works on his fine motor skills, i.e. finger agility, hand-eye coordination, wrist flexibility, high-kick jumping, etc. Indeed, building a tower or a tunnel, for example, requires the child to carry, to lift the arms to make the tower rise, to interlock the plates between them. This requires a lot of skill. It is a work that requires concentration and coordination from the child, where he must manage his emotions, but where the gratification and pleasure of seeing his world take shape is immense. 1st element in favor of the positive education toy.
When you play Kojo, you create your own universe, the child is free and the possibilities are endless. Whether it’s a simple tower or a castle, the child immerses himself in his own imagination, he becomes a director and actor (Clint Eastwood should know better). As a result, Kojo allows enormous freedom of assembly with different shaped plates and several possible positions for the connectors. This ability to modulate one’s own universe according to one’s will makes one work on one’s spatial location as well as one’s logic. He becomes aware of his body and above all, that his decisions have an influence on the world around him. An essential toy to learn how to situate oneself in one’s environment. 2nd element in favor of the positive education toy
Imagination and exploration
There is no doubt that Kojo offers children unprecedented opportunities for creativity. Some will build simple huts while others may build sumptuous houses. Or who knows? Perhaps your child will reveal their architectural genius and create amazing cities and structures inspired by real or fictional places.
The child builds himself at the same time as his constructions. He discovers what he likes, his tastes in architecture, aesthetics (not sandals/socks please), color…etc. He wonders how to improve his constructions and they become more and more complex as time goes by. The problem solving that this engenders allows children to develop problem solving skills. Construction games help build self-confidence by giving children control over their own world and its rules. 3rd element in favor of the positive education toy.
Positive education toy: teamwork and socialization
Kojo is a game that can be played alone but also with others (the more the merrier), therefore the relationships between children, and therefore socialization are also encouraged. In our various test sessions, it was not uncommon to see children of different ages playing together. This “collective” play helps to develop social interactions and improve one’s relationship with others by sharing the same activities and hobbies with other children who, by extension, learn to “live together” (and to destroy everything too).
And to finish this article, we leave you with some pictures of Kojo.