A great way for children to learn is through play. Toys, like LEGO sets, foster creativity and critical thinking abilities in young children. They can help build a foundation that nurtures children’s intellectual development at a crucial age.
Play Well Africa is a non-profit organization that partners with trusted organizations to collect used LEGO and deliver them to school systems in many African communities.
LEGO bricks are not only fun building blocks, but they are great creative and critical thinking tools. Children, in turn, love to play with LEGO, and they don’t even realize the benefits they absorb. From simply following instructions, or even building freely, the interlocking bricks nurture problem solving skills as well as innovation. LEGO creations are as fun in the playroom, as they are in the classroom.
The Story Behind Play Well Africa
It all started in a local LEGO Store. Micah, age 6 at the time, asked his father, Sequoia Slentz, for another addition to his sizeable LEGO collection. This trip, however, Sequoia answered, “No” to Micah’s request. He explained to Micah that some children in other countries, such as Africa, didn’t even have any LEGO to play with at all. This did not sit well with Micah. He wanted the children in Africa to be able to enjoy LEGO the same way he was able to enjoy them.
On their next trip to the LEGO store, Micah asked his dad again if he could buy a new set. But this time, however, Micah asked to buy one to send to kids in Africa. That small idea blossomed into Play Well Africa that has allowed over 5,000 children in Africa to play with LEGO on a regular basis.
How You Can Donate
Until recently, many LEGO bricks were not recyclable and therefore are hard to get rid of. This means they can end up on Landfills.
You can help Play Well Africa by donating funds to help their operations or sending / delivering your LEGO to a variety of locations as listed on their official website, playwellafrica.org.