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Model making is something that children used to do a lot of, and kits which produce planes, trains and animals were once part of every child’s toy box.

A recent reliance on technology has meant that parents are opting to give their young ones a tablet computer or smart phone to play on, but nothing compares to the interactive nature of modelling kits.

An engaging activity

Kids can really engage with something that they make themselves from scratch. Anyone who ever put together something knows that real sense of satisfaction you get the job done.

Concentration skills can be learnt

Concentration is often something that parents talk about their children lacking and it’s an important skill that they’re expected to have mastered by the time they start school.

Putting a model together can really help hone a young child’s ability to concentrate, which will stand them in good stead both now and in the future.

Helping with dexterity

Some model kits are quite tricky, but they make great¬†children’s gifts¬†and are rated by age, so as long as you buy something relevant to your child’s developmental stage, they should be able to cope with it.

The National Toy Council states that model construction and building is a great way to build a child’s dexterity, and that’s important for many different skills including writing.

Cognitive skills

If someone describes a toy as educational it can be off-putting. No one wants to feel that they’re giving their child a gift which won’t be fun, but the two are not mutually exclusive. The National Toy Council is keen to point out that making models is a great way to hone a child’s cognitive skills.

When they’re in the middle of putting together a model aeroplane they’ll be so engrossed in it they probably won’t notice that they are busy improving their ability to think logically, plan and solve problems.

Helping your child at school

It’s always great to know that toys your child is playing with are helping them to get along better at school. Making a model fits with many of the subjects they’ll be tackling in the classroom.

Maths can be an intimidating subject but when you put it in the context of building a model, working out different numbers, shapes and measurements is fun.

Boosting their social skills

Making models helps to encourage a child to think creatively, by getting them to produce something out of seemingly unrelated objects. It also improves their communication skills. There will often be a point in making a model at which a child will need to ask for help. Getting them to communicate what it is they want is a great way to help their language development. Everyone knows how important it is as an adult to be able to get your ideas across in a clear, concise way, and this may be the first step to your child mastering this vital life skill.

Pride in the finished article

There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to tell your friends and family that you have created something from scratch and it is all your own work. With computer games there is no end product and nothing to show for hours spent in front of a screen, the same can definitely not be said for modelling kits.