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This article is by Irina Verenikina, Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences; Early Start Research Institute at University of Wollongong. It originally appeared on The Conversation.
analysis Playing with building blocks such as Lego has been an established part of early childhood education for many years.
Educators and theorists agree that building blocks or constructive play provide a wide range of avenues for enhancing learning and development in the early years, but the increased availability and accessibility of mobile digital technologies has seen children more frequently engage in virtual or “digital” play, often leaving behind traditional forms of play with physical objects in physical spaces.
So what might children lose – or gain – during this transition from physical to digital play?
Lego, the best known producer of building block toys, recently announced Lego Fusion, a range of specially designed digital products that will allow to incorporate physical build blocks into digital games on iOS and Android devices.
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