Skill Building for Young Children with Magna-Tiles®
It’s never too early to put a focus on learning. The earliest years of a child’s life are also the busiest in terms of cognitive and motor skills development. During this time, kids need outlets for play that stimulate the imagination, encourage creativity, and support a tactile approach.
That’s why so many parents and educators turn to Magna-Tiles® magnetic building shapes to inspire young minds. Here, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most important skills for young children and how Magna-Tiles® can support their development.
Core Skills for Young Children
All children progress at their own speed, and no two are exactly alike. Still, pediatricians, teachers, and other childhood development experts agree on a number of developmental milestones. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these include:
- Infancy (Up to 1 year)
- Reaching for and holding toys
- Basic hand-eye coordination
- Passes items from hand to hand
- Interacts with objects physically, such as tossing or banging
- Puts items into and out of containers
- Toddlers (1 to 3 years)
- Points to items they want
- Sorts shapes and colors
- Builds by stacking blocks
- Grips a large crayon or colored pencil
- Preschoolers (3 to 5 years)
- Learns to take turns
- Follows simple instructions
- Completes simple puzzles
- Understands cooperation
- Names colors and numbers
- Develops counting skills
- Can identify items that are the same and different
- Begins printing some numbers and letters
- Can copy geometric shapes
Parents and educators can help encourage age-appropriate development by providing toys and activities that strengthen these skills – and that children want to play with! For example, bright, colorful toys can help kids learn to recognize colors, while easy-to-grip pieces support fine motor skills that will prepare children to hold a pencil or marker.
How Magna-Tiles® Magnetic Building Shapes Build Early Childhood Skills
Many child health experts are concerned about excessive screen time, and with good reason. When children are focused on screens, they’re missing out on the activities that build core skills and achieve developmental milestones. What’s more, they’re also skipping one of the most important aspects of play: imagination. Providing children with simple toys that don’t sing, flash, or require a screen encourages them to flex their creativity, tell stories, and build full worlds of imagination.
Magna-Tiles® magnetic building shapes were first developed by a Japanese educator who saw the value in hands-on learning. Today, they’re available to kids everywhere to support a vast range of essential skills, including:
- Number and letter identification
- Shape identification
- Color identification
- Pattern recognition
- Relative positioning (what is on top of, next to, or near another object)
- Hand-eye coordination
- Hand strength
- Stacking and building
With bright colors and shapes that are easy for little hands to grasp, Magna-Tiles® are the ideal choice for activities that develop these skills. What’s more, every shape is built tough with a distinctive Union Jack design at the center, steel rivets, and sonic-welded construction that keeps powerful ceramic magnets inside. The shapes are made with food-grade ABS plastic and free from BPA, phthalates, and latex, making them safe for all ages and durable enough to last for years.
Support Skill Building with Magna-Tiles®
From the littlest builders to older kids with an interest in architecture, design, coding, and other STEM skills, Magna-Tiles® inspire imagination, learning, and fun. Need ideas on using magnetic building shapes for skills development? Check out our educator resources and idea gallery. To learn more about Magna-Tiles®, contact us today.