Some call it a toy, some see them as teaching tools. For me, magnetic tiles are both. They’re so universal that you can do a lot of things with them.
In our previous article 17 Educational Ideas to Teach Your Kids STEM Using Magnetic Tiles, we shared with you a number of great educational ideas you can play with your kids using magnetic tiles. Having fun and learning at the same time sure is a win-win for both parents and child. Who wouldn’t want their kids learning about colors, shapes, mathematics, symmetry, magnetism and more without the kids even realizing that you are actually teaching them, and not just playing with them. Seems like a great trick idea to me! 🙂
In this article, we will focus on developing a whole range of different skills from playing magnetic tiles. This include:
- Hand and Eye Coordination
- Motor Skills
- Enhancement of Cognitive Skills
Magnetic tiles are colorful and have magnets along their edges. They come in different shapes too. So, the number of ways of using it is endless. It all depends on your child’s creativity. Kids love playing pretend and incorporating magnetic tiles into play is easy. She can build a castle, a fort, a house, a car, a rocket, and the list goes on. There is no limit to a child’s imagination. The same goes for magnetic tiles too. As long as your child can think it, then the sky’s the limit.
Maybe you can start by copying a previous design then let her incorporate personal touches like the color, the shape. Sooner or later, you’ll be surprised at how fast she can do her own design.
You can also ask them to come up with a story about the thing that they built. That way, their imagination, planning, and speaking skills are developed!
Hand and Eye Coordination
Hand and eye coordination is a skill young kids perfect over time. Playing with magnetic tiles allows them to develop this skill further as it requires the coordination of their vision and hand movements.
Your toddlers can start by grasping the tiles and transferring them from one hand to the other or to some container. Just learning to stack tiles into cubes, squares, and towers is great practice.. For older kids, you can factor in color and shape into the game. 🙂
Playing magnetic tiles also enhances your child’s motor skills since it involves the use of their hands and fingers. Having good motor control allows your child to be more independent and more interactive with his surroundings.
With the different shapes, sizes and colors of magnetic tiles, your kid can explore and practice muscle control. Together with developing hand-eye coordination, your child can explore more, learn more and create more. For bigger kids, maybe they can transition from 1D houses and castles to 3D. That would be cool!
Development of cognitive skills in kids is so important, involving how your kids think and figure things out. It involves attention, memory retention, analysis and learning.
Playing with magnetic tiles keeps kids’ attention and allows him to concentrate on it for a long period of time while they’re solving problems. Learning to focus is an important skill to master as it will eventually be essential to almost everything in life! So, encourage the building of towers, rocket ships, and robots!
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