BUILDING COMMUNITY: BUILDING WITH A BUDDY HELPS YOUR CHILD DISCOVER THE POWER OF COOPERATION
Show your builder the joy of playing with others.
The only thing that makes play more fun is sharing it with friends. Building together with others isn’t just more exciting, it can also help teach your child important life lessons about empathy, cooperation and sharing.
Around age four your child’s ability to play with others grows by leaps and bounds. Just a year earlier, shared playtime was more about exploring each other’s toys, but now your child can begin to cooperate and coordinate with others. Two builders can inspire and excite each other, making playtime way more fun.
Help get them started by creating a story that’s simple and familiar. Maybe both kids are shop owners, selling items made out of LEGO bricks. What do they have in their store? Which things are the best? How will they arrange them? Maybe one is the customer and one is the shopkeeper. How do they decide who does what?
Get them started with these kinds of story prompts, then watch and see how they play together and how the story unfolds. Remember, they’re still learning the ropes of cooperation and shared play, so don’t worry if there’s still some grabbing or possessiveness. What matters most is that they’re learning that play can be shared. They’re beginning to understand how their actions can affect another person.So get your child together with a friend. Building is always better with a buddy.