My 5 year old son has been building with block kits since just before turning 4, and he has really gotten quite good at them. Now that my 3-1/2 year old daughter is starting to show interest in building and there are now girly kits like the Mega Bloks Barbie products that strike her fancy, I’m happy to see that these strategies are working well for her, too! We are happy to share with you our tips to help kids build Mega Bloks kits independently!
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Tips to Help Kids Build Mega Bloks Kits Independently
1. Use a sorting tray.
I found ours for $1 and it gets used a lot! Before starting to build, help your child open the bags of Mega Bloks and sort them by color. This is probably THE most important step we do because it makes locating needed pieces simpler, and it keeps little blocks from rolling away and getting lost! It also makes it really simple to put away an unfinished project and to start back where you left off when you’re ready to work on it again.
2. Teach kids to read the manual.
Show them how the instructions are numbered and move from left to right across the page. Show them the box for each step that shows how many of each part they need.
3. Find all needed pieces for a step before beginning to build.
When my son first started building, he’d grab one needed piece for a step, add it, and move on to the next step, even if more pieces were supposed to be added before moving on. Teaching kids to lay out ALL the needed pieces for a step will be a reminder to them to add all the pieces before moving on to the next step.
4. Help and Monitor.
With a young child, you will have to help a lot. Plan on being present for the entirety of the first few kits your child does. At first, 10-15 minutes is probably about as long as they can work, but this will grow over time. Model the first 3 tips for your child and he or she will start to become more and more independent when building. Eventually you can start only “checking in” every few steps to see how it’s going. With my oldest, I now only have to help when he has a question.
Mega Bloks Barbie: Building Kits for Girls #buildbarbiesworld
It’s kind of exciting to see that there are now some Mega Bloks building kits just for girls! While my daughter enjoys many of the same kits her brother does, I do have to admit she is really drawn to the girly ones and she was SUPER excited to build Barbie’s mansion.
The sweetest part to me was that her brother was right there to help her and was almost just as excited as she was. 🙂
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Mega Bloks Barbie Play Sets are a fun way to inspire your daughter’s creativity. She can build, design, and style Mega Bloks Barbie however she wants, and every set comes with a different Barbie doll that she can dress and style as well!
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