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.
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
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 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 email@example.com
Delivery Locations. We ship to locations anywhere within Australia and New Zealand. We are not able to ship to PO Boxes as we require all deliveries to be signed for. Standard Metropolitan Delivery in Australia Delivery is charged at 4 basic rates reflecting the costs we receive: A rate of $9.95 including GST, for up to 500g per order A rate of $10.95 including GST, for between 500g and 2Kg per order A rate of $14.95 including GST, for between 2kg and 5kg per order A rate of $18.95 including GST, for between 6kg and 10kg per order
Large or remote surcharge Larger orders or remote locations may incur an additional shipping charge, to reflect the costs we receive from our logistics providers. We will try to find the most competitive delivery cost and will request approval of any additional charge with you before processing the order.
Standard Delivery to New Zealand Delivery is from Melbourne, and reflects our costs using Sendle. These are: A rate of $14.95 including GST, for up to 250g per order A rate of $16.95 including GST, for between 250g and 500g per order A rate of $19.95 including GST, for between 501g and 1kg per order A rate of $22.95 including GST, for between 1.01kg and 1.5kg per order A rate of $24.95 including GST, for between 1.51kg and 2kg per order A rate of $29.95 including GST, for between 2.01kg and 3kg per order A rate of $36.95 including GST, for between 3.01kg and 4kg per order
You can pick up your order free of charge from our Storage Warehouse in Melbourne only at: Kennards Storage, 324-328 Hoddle St, ABBOTSFORD VIC 3067 Entrance via: Abbot Grove Hours: 10am - 5pm, weekdays
Arranging for warehouse pickup To do this, you need to do the following steps: 1. Click on the Search icon (magnifying glass, typically at the top right on the website) and type in "local" 2. Click on the product "* Local Warehouse Pickup" 3. Click on Add to Cart 4. Checkout and it should trigger the warehouse pickup option
Picking up your order As we keep stock on site, orders can be collected the next business day at the earliest. Orders are processed Monday to Friday business hours. Before picking up your order, you will receive an email notification that your order has been processed, and is ready for pickup.
Orders are processed during business hours, Monday to Friday in Melbourne. Our delivery time generally includes 2 to 3 business days from the date the order is processed, depending on your location. Interstate and remote locations may take longer (eg Perth may take up to 6 days).