The Learning Process
CREATIVE LEARNING THROUGH PLAYING WITH LAQ
Learning with LaQ is not just about the building process but the development of the left and the right brain. LaQ encourages open-ended play, STE(A)M skills development, and imaginative play.
Starting with building 2D models using the flat parts, kids easily master building curved and 3D models with amazing sets that showcase curved designs or movable parts such as the Dino Kingdom, Venom, and Power Shovel.
STAGE 1 - STARTING WITH FLAT 2D MODELS
The flat models are made with parts #1 thru #4 only. At this stage, kids learn how to follow simple instruction guides. Equally they learn how to play together, exchange parts with each other, and together encourage one another to build more difficult models. Children get excited about exploring LaQ on their own but often more excited when trying to make some of the creations their peers create.
STAGE 2 - CREATING SIMPLE 3D MODELS
Children rapidly move onto building simpler 3D models which now includes the remaining parts #5 (curved), #6 (right angle) and #7 (3-way). This phase encourages kids to develop their spatial ability and to mentally maneuver segments to fit them together. As the models become more complex, this develops their confidence and sense of achievement when they can interpret the instructions and showcase their building skills upon completion.
STAGE 3 - MASTERING THEIR SKILLS
The more advanced models continue using all 7 parts, but often require building groups of parts together. The triceratops and penguin models below showcase some of the techniques to build curves and replicate textures of real-life objects.
Some models use the special Hamacron wheels and axles available in select sets. In the pictures below, the mini wheels are used as eyes.
Many of the models have movements cleverly built into the design, such as the Power Shovel, Robots and Dinosaurs. These models show different techniques of how you can use the simple parts to express different shapes, and how they can even move around. When starting off, they may appear complex but it is surprising how quickly kids pick up the techniques and build upon them to make their own creations.
Another example of the learning journey with LaQ is pictured below. The dinosaur evolution shows how a child can learn and have fun making simple 2D models through to more complicated and advanced models as they develop greater skills and familiarity.