There are many important and educational features that our local libraries have to offer all ages and abilities. Books, movies, music and computer access are among the more popular reasons a community utilizes their hometown library.
The Wright Branch Library of Campbell County has another fun and important feature for our youth. The LEGO Club gathers once a week for all kids who want to have fun, make friends and strengthen their motor skills.
The LEGO Club is scheduled at 3:45 p.m. every Monday that the library is open. If closed because of a holiday, the fun will be a day later on Tuesday at the same time.
The fun is only available at the Wright Branch and is always welcoming new participants in a club that promotes healthy skills. All you have to do is show up and watch your little ones display their creativity and imagination.
There are many uses for LEGO fun. True, they are a pain when stepped on barefooted around the house, but the mental stimulation has a lot to offer a growing mind. Here are just a few benefits of visiting the Wright Branch Library and joining the free LEGO Club:
Fine Motor Skills
Using LEGO bricks is the perfect opportunity for building fine motor skills. LEGO bricks are a great manipulative to work the fingers as children build and even pick up LEGO pieces. Children love the thrill of building and they can do this for hours, building up strong little muscles in their hands that will help them do other skills, such as learn to write. LEGO creations become a form of storytelling.
A Sense of Accomplishment
When children finish their amazing work of art, they are beaming to show off those creations after making something they are incredibly proud of. That’s a benefit for their hands as well as good for their heart. As they develop self-confidence, their excitement leads to making items with more and more complex purposes.
LEGO creations do not just happen; they are constructed by connecting one LEGO brick with another. Children learn to plan their building projects, especially if a haphazard construction falls apart. Playing with LEGO bricks is a safe environment for failures and kids learning to plan better with their next attempt. A LEGO tower that collapses is part of the fun; kids do not mind rebuilding it repeatedly until they reach success. They may happily try new ways and enjoy learning from their mistakes and experiencing a sense of accomplishment with a successful LEGO creation.
Solving a puzzle
It doesn’t matter whether a child uses an instruction book or builds completely from their own imagination, they are solving a puzzle. When children are picking up little pieces around them to form a building, plane, or creature, they are bringing order out of chaos.
Cause and effect is one of the first science lessons a child learns. It is so fun to watch the thrill a child has to build a tower as tall as possible. Then they all hold their breath as the super tall tower falls over. Science is the driving component behind all creations that a child has. The foundation of science is to come up with an idea and to prove it practically. LEGOs do this naturally through imagination.
This is all over LEGOs. Want to build a bridge? Then you must figure out what it takes to stand up. Children quickly learn that a tower made of a single column quickly falls. By creating a stable base, they open up a new world of possibilities. Soon they will have ginormous piles of LEGOS that like a structure of some sort, even if they are the only ones who can really see it.
Every LEGO creation is a form of art. A child’s imagination is the only limit. Children become creators with the hundreds of tiny pieces. They can use wheels, shapes, and even people. figures to build the ideas in their minds. It can be useful, entertaining, or even therapeutic.
Let’s not forget addition and subtraction. When you give a child a limited number of LEGOs to complete their entire project, they learn that each one counts. They begin to understand that each and every brick, figure, and piece has a value. Children can even begin the complex task of rationing their supply to complete their masterpiece.