It promotes social skills when playing games, increases attention span, provides a natural source of vitamin D and allows children to get creative and messy without having to worry about the clean-up
Children also learn and develop a number of skills while cooking and following a recipe: language skills, counting, fractions, sequencing, measuring, problem-solving, sharing, fine motor skills and even learning about other cultures and how they eat.
Caring for plants as they grow and observing the changes encourages my curiosity in the environment and the world around me.
Building with blocks your child develops problem solving and basic math/science concepts. Children learn concepts such as cause and effect, quantity, classification and order. The Block Book (Hirsch 1996) supports these claims, adding that 'children expand architectural learning through block play.