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.
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.
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 has been your experience? We'd love to hear any other observations and feedback from how you have seen LaQ used at firstname.lastname@example.org