Why, Do You Know, Why Reasons

Do you know the 'why' reasons, or, do the 'whys' often bother you for scientific explanations? For instance, you do know that stars twinkle, but do you know the reasons why, and how? Or, do you know the 'why' reasons behind falling in love? Or, do you know the reasons why dogs bury bones? Probably many of you don’t! Why Corner – the 'why' blog, answers these 'whys' for basic knowledge, with real reasons for the 'why' facts. So, just know them all here if you have the 'why' urge, that is!

Dec 3, 2007

Do you know why playing with blocks helps children?

Prof. Know Why answers:

Playing with blocks helps young children gain language skills, a recent study says. It was found that after six months, language scores among half of 175 children aged 1½ to 2½ years who were sent plastic blocks were 15% higher than a matched group that did not receive the free blocks, according to the study by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle.

For the research, parents were given ideas about how to help their children play with the blocks. They also maintained diaries of their children’s activities over the time period. Finally, all the parents filled out questionnaires that assessed their child’s vocabulary, grammar, and other language abilities. The study proved again - which was believed over years that unstructured play with blocks, stimulates thinking, memory and physical mastery of objects at a time when a child’s brain is growing rapidly.

So young mothers, just make sure that your toddlers, apart from other fancy playing tools, are encouraged to play with blocks to enhance their intelligence level. After all, who doesn’t want her kid to be ahead of the rest?

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