Model building is a hobby that has been enjoyed by people of all ages for centuries. Model building can be done with a variety of materials, including plastic, wood, metal, and even good old cardboard. The most popular models are those that depict buildings or vehicles such as cars and planes.
Building intricate structures with your hands provides many educational benefits for children, including improved mathematical skills, increased creativity, and problem-solving skills.
There are many different types of model kits available for kids, including:
Planes and Rockets
These kits let kids build airplanes and rockets that fly high into the sky. The instructions include parts that children must assemble correctly before they can launch these models into the air.
Robots look like real people, but they have moving electronic parts like arms and legs that allow them to perform tasks, such as walking around or picking up objects. Kids must follow instructions carefully when building these robots, so they move properly after being placed on a flat surface.
Ships and Boats
Kids can build several different types of ships with these kits, including submarines, cargo ships, and battleships. Some ships have moving parts, such as propellers or masts that spin around.
Here are some other educational benefits of model building:
1. Fine Motor Skills
Motor skills are the use of our hands, fingers, and arms to accomplish tasks that require accuracy. Fine motor skills help us perform various life tasks, such as writing, buttoning clothes, brushing teeth, and playing an instrument.
Children develop fine motor skills through model building because they are constantly using their hands to build something with Legos or hold onto their pencil while practicing letters or numbers. Model building is not just fun for kids; it also helps them grow their developmentally important fine motor skills.
2. Creative Problem-Solving Skills
Model building is a creative process that promotes problem-solving. In order to build a model, children must think outside the box and use their imagination. They learn patience while waiting for glue or paint to dry, they become persistent when they encounter obstacles during construction, and they become resourceful when they run out of supplies halfway through their project.
Model building also teaches children flexibility because it allows them to adapt their plans based on what’s been given to them as well as guidance from adults.
3. Patience + Dexterity
Model building is an activity that requires patience. Children must wait for the glue to dry before they can put their model together and wait for the paint to dry. Model building helps children understand the importance of patience, as it teaches them how to think through situations and make decisions before acting on them. It also teaches them how to deal with difficult situations, such as when something goes wrong while they are working on their models or when someone else makes a mistake that affects their work in some way.
In addition, model kit building allows children to develop their dexterity by enabling them to manipulate small pieces of wood or plastic so that they can build a detailed replica of something from real life (like an airplane or spaceship).
4. Enhanced Spatial Reasoning Abilities
Spatial reasoning involves using visual cues to determine what will happen when something moves or changes position in relation to another object or person in time or space. Model building promotes spatial reasoning because it requires children to visualize what will happen when they put pieces together before actually assembling anything in real life.
5. Helps Develop Technical Skills
Model building is an excellent way to develop technical skills. It allows children to practice their fine motor skills, which are crucial for learning how to write and draw. Model building also gives kids a chance to learn about tools and their uses.
Model building teaches kids about geometry and physics in a fun way. They can see how shapes fit together and how things work together to create something new. This gives them a better understanding of how things work in the real world.
Modeling can help children develop critical thinking skills as well. They need to think about what materials they will use, how to use those materials, and what tools they need in order to complete their project successfully.
The ability to think critically is an important skill that helps children succeed in school and beyond it.
6. Improves Concentration Levels
Building models requires patience and concentration. Your child will need to follow instructions carefully, so they don’t make mistakes while trying to build something out of plastic or wood pieces. This exercise teaches your child how to focus on one thing at a time while blocking distractions around them. Also, this skill will come in handy when your child needs to concentrate on his schoolwork later in life (and maybe even when he starts doing his chores around the house).
7. Improved Reading Skills
Model building helps improve reading skills because it involves following instructions and reading the instructions before beginning the project. Not only that, but you will also be able to see your child’s progress as they build each part of the model. This can be very rewarding for both parent and child.
8. Helps Develop Writing Skills
Model building also helps children develop their writing skills by giving them an opportunity to write down step-by-step directions for other people to follow later on. Children who are just learning how to write may benefit from having models built by their parents or teachers so that they can practice writing down directions before they try doing it on their own.
9. Model Building Can Teach History
Building models can teach history by allowing children to recreate famous buildings or events from history with accurate details, such as how long it took them to build or how many people were involved with the project. Children can use models as part of their research on historical events or people and find more information about them through books or other sources.
10. Improved Mathematics Skills
Mathematics is an important part of model building because it requires counting, measuring, and calculating measurements. For example, if you ask your child how many blocks they need to build a tower, they need to count each block individually before they can build it correctly. They also need to measure each block (including height), so it fits properly with other blocks on their tower or structure.
11. Pride in Accomplishment
Model building can be a great source of pride for children. When they are able to present their work with pride, it teaches them that their hard work and effort have paid off. For younger children, this is an opportunity to show off their creativity and imagination through the models they create.
For older students, model building can be used as an opportunity to show off what they have learned in school by creating a replica of something from history or science class that may have been difficult for them before. It shows parents that their child is learning something new, which helps build confidence in the child’s education.
12. Helps Build a Good Perspective
Model building is an excellent way to help children better understand spatial awareness and how something looks from multiple angles. The ability to see the world around you from different perspectives is an important skill that can be taught through model building and art projects.
Encourage children to look at their models from different angles. You may wish to use a set of colored pencils or crayons and encourage your child to draw or color on one side of their paper first, flip it over, and try again on the other side.
Have them draw an outline on two pieces of paper held together with tape, then have them look at their model through this window before drawing what they see on both sides of the window (this works well for younger kids who aren’t great at drawing).
Have them place their model in front of them so they can easily see it, then walk around behind them so they can no longer view it directly—see if they still know where all its parts are located.
All in all, model building is a great way for children to develop their minds. It improves their problem-solving skills, as well as their spatial awareness and visualization abilities. Model building is a fun way for kids to learn about the world around them. They can see for themselves the different shapes, sizes, and colors of objects by building models with their hands.