With Click-A-Brick’s Animal Kingdom Safari 30-piece 5-in-1 building toy set flying off the proverbial shelves since its launch, a lot of children woke up Christmas morning and got their first look at Click-A-Brick building toys.
With that in mind, co-founder Jason Smith has released this set of 6 tips for parents to help them better engage their kids with Click-A-Brick.
“You could just give Click-A-Brick to a child and leave them with it and they’ll likely figure it out on their own,” Smith said. “But, Click-A-Brick was designed with the goal in mind of not just having children keep busy while their parents do other things. They were designed so parents could be actively involved with their children while playing.”
Smith has offered the following tips:
Parents can show young children the building basics.
Click-A-Brick is ideal for children ages 3 and up. Younger kids might need a quick ‘tutorial’ from mom and/or dad on how the bricks work. Parents can show children how to click the bricks together and pull them apart so they get the idea. One of the best things about Click-A-Brick is the way they are designed; they can connect from all sides, meaning kids can build in any direction.
Parents can help build the lion from the instructions.
Click-A-Brick’s Animal Kingdom Safari 30-piece 5-in-1 building toy set comes with detailed instructions to build a lion. By helping children build the lion, parents can get them used to the idea of creating things with Click-A-Brick and identifying the various pieces.
Parents can use the detailed photos to encourage their children to build the other four animals.
While the Animal Kingdom Safari building toy set comes with instructions for building the lion, it leaves the camel, wolf, monkey and giraffe up to the children to figure out. But, it does come with detailed photos of the other four animals. Parents can help children identify the blocks needed to make the other animals by comparing them with the photos with their children and trying the blocks to see which one fits. This helps children develop problem solving skills as they figure out which blocks go where.
Parents can ask children what else they think they could build with the blocks.
Parents can start by asking their children to build other animals not mentioned in the packaging and then once children get used to the idea that they can build anything with Click-A-Brick, their imaginations will take over. Parents can even get in on the fun and lead by example by getting in touch with their inner child and seeing what they can imagine and create with the blocks.
The kids can stack them as tall as possible.
This idea is a building toy classic; parents can get kids to stack the bricks all on top of each other and see how tall the structure can go and still be standing.
Parents can ask their children to build a ‘sculpture.’
Sometimes it’s fun for kids not to have anything in mind while they build. Parents can encourage them to just build whatever they feel like by not asking for anything in particular, but just whatever art they can come up with.
Thanks to a fantastic launch day that helped the company easily surpass its opening week sales milestone, Click-A-Brick has found its way under the tree for a lot of children this past Christmas. By using these suggestions, parents can get the most out of the educational element of Click-A-Brick.