The “Transformer” learning center is a very popular one among the Greece pre-kindergarten children. Manipulating the various figurines and turning them into cars and trucks provides a unique and active problem-solving experience.
In learning how to manipulate the pieces to transform the action figures, small motor development is enhanced and cognitive development skills are learned and practiced. Once a child experiments with and understands how the pieces can be manipulated, they can recall the information and apply it to similar situations and movements of other transformers. This application of learning strengthens and grows their learning skills.
Another benefit of this activity is the social aspect of the play. Children engage with each other to talk about how they can make a transformer work or offer help when a friend is stuck in manipulating the pieces. Encouraging children’s language and helping skills with each other is always an important part of learning through play!