Do you have an aspiring architect in your household? Paying attention to your children’s innate interests and talents – and providing them with the information, toys, and games that build on those – is often the best way to help them flourish. For kids fascinated with building, architecture, plane models, or designs, there are plenty of resources that can help them along their path.
Architecture classes. If you have a child who shows a lack of strength or interest in mathematics, it may be a good idea to enroll them into these fun classes as well because it serves as a way to cultivate these valuable skills and show them how relevant and applicable these things are in the real world. As architect and creativity coach Alla Kazovsky writes in an article advocating architecture classes, “It is about experimenting with new, unexpected ways to problem solve that can be part of their life immediately.”
Books on designing and building. Planning a remodel or private home construction project? Invest in a few books on designing, planning, and building to get your kids involved in the process. Books like The Aspiring Architect: An Activity Book for Kids may plant a seed that will bear fruit for a lifetime.
Games and Toys. From old-school Legos and tinker toys to games like Jenga, Mousetrap, and online games that encourage kids to use CAD-like graphics to construct and solve problems, there are all kinds of ways you can inspire your kids to “play” and learn at the same time.
Have you come across any favorite games for kid architects? Let us know about them in the Leslie Saul & Associates Architects and Interiors comment box below.