Learning through play with LaQ

March 07, 2017

Did you know that LaQ has been used in Japan at childcare centres for over 20 years? This is one of the fascinating parts of what attracted us about bringing LaQ toys into Australia. LaQ has been approved by educational professionals in many countries as an ideal toy to use in childcare centres, kindergartens and primary schools. The diagram below highlights some of the ways that LaQ helps a child's brain to develop.

 LaQ and left brain right brain development

What LaQ enables through play

  • Fun. LaQ pieces make a fun snapping noise when putting the pieces together. A child will know that the pieces are firmly connected with this snapping noise, and this “SNAP!” will encourage the child to continue creating a personal toy, and provide continual encouragement through the sound and feel.
  • Perseverance. Children need to persist and concentrate as they build the models
  • Creativity. Children can start easily with simple models, combine models and build open-ended models with their imagination
  • Social Development. Playing with a shared toy encourages social skills, communication and language skills. Children can work together as a team to design and build intricate and thoughtful structures using their creativity, imagination and logical thinking.
  • Problem Solving and Logical thinking. Children need to solve issues such as what colour to use, where the next piece goes, which one to use and how to make the structure they want to build

The Learning process

2D elephant2D wheel

Starting with 2D models, kids learn how to follow simple instruction guides - here you can see a simple 2D elephant. Equally they learn how to play together, exchange parts with each other, and encourage each together to build more difficult models. Children get excited about exploring LaQ on their own but also often more excited about trying to make some of the creations that their peers create.

 

3D Sweet Collection 3D simple elephant


The simpler 3D models encourage kids to develop their spatial ability, and having to mentally manoeuvre segments to fit them together. Above, you can see a simple 3D elephant model. As the models become more complex, this develops their confidence and sense of achievement when they can interpret the instructions and showcase their building skills upon completion.

 

The more advanced models show different techniques of how you can use the simple parts to express different shapes, and how they can even move around. When starting off, they may appear complex but it is surprising how quickly kids pick up the techniques and build upon them to make their own creations. The dinosaur model above showcases some of the techniques to use connectors and choice of parts to build curves, replicate textures, and how to enable movement in the models.

What have you learnt?

What has been your experience? We'd love to hear any other observations and feedback from how you have seen LaQ used at info@smartypantstoys.com.au