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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sunnyside Builders' Club


One of the builders, posing with her masterpiece.

Does your child, niece, nephew, grandchild, or some other kid in your life love to create? Reserve a Saturday in your schedule and take them to a meeting of the Sunnyside Builders' Club!

Starting at 10:30 AM on the first and third Saturdays of every month, Sunnyside Regional Library hosts events, during which children and teens spend an hour making themed structures from plastic building blocks (ex. Legos). At previous meetings, builders have created miniature castles, trains, theme parks, Batman-inspired structures, street scenes, and many other imaginative designs.
Construction toys seem ideally suited to do that, and they may also help children develop
  • motor skills and hand-eye coordination,
  • spatial skills,
  • a capacity for creative, divergent thinking,
  • social skills, and
  • language skills.
- See more at: http://www.parentingscience.com/toy-blocks.html#sthash.ENJOu20t.dpuf

Construction toys seem ideally suited to do that, and they may also help children develop
  • motor skills and hand-eye coordination,
  • spatial skills,
  • a capacity for creative, divergent thinking,
  • social skills, and
  • language skills.
- See more at: http://www.parentingscience.com/toy-blocks.html#sthash.ENJOu20t.dpuf
Construction toys seem ideally suited to do that, and they may also help children develop
  • motor skills and hand-eye coordination,
  • spatial skills,
  • a capacity for creative, divergent thinking,
  • social skills, and
  • language skills.
- See more at: http://www.parentingscience.com/toy-blocks.html#sthash.ENJOu20t.dpuf

Themes for upcoming meetings of the Club include:
  • Harry Potter-8/6
  • Olympic Events-8/20
  • Vehicles-9/3
  • Your Favorite Book-9/17
  • Insects-10/1
  • Halloween-10/15
  • Two-Cup Challenge (kids are given two cups filled with building blocks and must make something from that)-11/5
  • Fairy Tales-11/19
  • Buildings and Bridges-12/3
  • All I Want for Christmas is…-12/17
     
     It is worth noting here, of course, that the benefits of participating go beyond the entertainment factor. Although construction toys such as building blocks are obviously fun to play with,they also help children and teens develop problem-solving skills and creative thinking. Other benefits include improved motor skills and eye-hand coordination, better spatial awareness, and social and language skills practice (ex. reading instructions, asking for materials, communicating with other builders about intentions for the project). Kids will enjoy themselves, and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping them build their brains too.









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