Developing a creative mind

Note: Edmund Tay is a father of three and the editor of a parenting blog, “ED Unloaded.”  LEGO Singapore provided the toys he discusses in this story.

In the days of computer tablets, video games and electronic toys, many parents may forget the benefits of the simple toy brick. With Singaporeans hoping to nurture the next Nobel Prize Winner, the simple toy “brick” may be the answer to all our problems!


As parents, we have begun to realize the importance of getting the kids outdoors. They need outdoor stimulation, and basically an environment for them to explore. However, as life becomes more entangled around the city, adults and children, are now more surrounded by technology, than nature. One of first few actions that a baby seems to master these days, is the ability to “swipe” his tablet.


Being a responsible parent, all of us are now trying to restrict a child’s time with his computer. And besides the need for the great outdoors, we are all turning to simple toys and making a return to our roots. It is no wonder, that parents today purchase a wooden train set, or wooden cars, to help give toddlers gain better control of their limbs.


It is in this light, that the simple toy brick is once again gaining prominence in today’s child development. Developmental psychologists propose that the toy brick allows kids to develop motor and hand-eye coordination, spatial skills, and a capacity for creative divergent thinking.


Bearing these benefits in mind, I was excited to get my kids their 1st LEGO Set. I remember not having the opportunity to get a set of my own when I was young, and therefore I was more than looking forward to find out, what’s within a LEGO box as well.


As we opened the box, both father and son were focusing on the instructions and we were glad to find the “pieces” broken into different packages to make the assembly job easier for us.


And was it fun for my boy?  


Yes! Although he needed to take some time to get used to how the parts joined together, the instructions were very visual and needed not much of a explanation.


What I love most about making the models?


Problem solving! There were times when the parts seemed to NOT join together. This is when Daddy jumped in, and I had to teach Nathan to look at the finer details. We had to count the number of dots and I had to explain to him, that every dot and joint mattered. After finding out the problem, we needed to reassemble the particular section again. Although it was frustrating for my poor boy, but it taught my boy the important lesson of perseverance.


And at the end of the day, when everything is completed…


There was a great sense of achievement! And my little boy loved his creation!  And his next question was, “When can we go get another set?”


Isn’t that the price of being a parent! It is no wonder that they call parenting an investment!