Young children are very inquisitive and natural problem solvers. They learn to walk and talk by having a desire to attain their goal, by mimicking others, by trying things out, by making lots of mistakes and adjusting strategies accordingly, and by gradually gaining in confidence.
Activities and play based around building allow children not only to be imaginative but also encourage their mathematical thinking and reasoning. Early maths skills are not only critical to ensuring that children gain the tools he or she needs to perform well academically, they are also the ‘building blocks’ for the development of rational and logical thought processes. As well as these mathematical skills other areas of a child’s development are encouraged such as fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, social and language skills. Therefore building and construction are essential to a young child’s play and learning.