A Dozen+ Ways to Learn with a Dozen LEGOS

Life is hectic right now. It is just the nature of this season to be busy and sometimes we need a lesson or activity that we can grab real quick without a lot of prep.
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Here are 12 ideas you can do with your child using only a handful of LEGOS and a marker. I used a dry erase marker but a washable marker would work just as well. I used each of the following with LittleMan, however several of the concepts could be adjusted to fit any child’s educational level Pre-K through 2nd.

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Emotion matching. On three separate LEGOS draw eyes, mouth, and write an emotion then have the child match them up.

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Patterning. Draw stripes, spots, shapes, letters, numbers, etc.. onto the bricks and use them to establish a pattern for your child to complete.

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Math problems. Write the questions on half the bricks and the answers on the other half. For this you may want to either stick to basic math facts that can be done via memorization or let the child use a couple bricks as a dry erase board to work out more complex problems.

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Fractions. Have your child divide the LEGOS in half, three equal piles, etc.. and discuss the concept of a whole vs a portion.

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Match number words to number symbols. This could be done with larger numbers as well, for example “seventy-two” and “72.”

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Numerical ordering by words. Write number words onto blocks have have the child put them into order. For younger children you could use the number version (1, 2, 3 instead of one, two, three). For older children you could use larger, more complex numbers (nine hundred four, nine hundred thirty, nine hundred and six).

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Alphabetical order. Write words onto the blocks and have your child place them into alphabetical order.

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Matching upper and lower case. Write a capital letter on half the blocks and the corresponding lower case letter on the other half of the blocks then have your child match them. LittleMan finds this to be too easy in print but he likes the challenge of doing this with cursive letters as he just started learning cursive last month.

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Practice spelling words. For younger children write out the word and have them copy it. For older children just write the letters of the word on individual blocks and have them arrange the blocks in the correct order without an example to copy.

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Match word families and rhyming words. Pretty self explanatory.

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Match words based on similar meanings. For example: sleepy and tired, moist and damp, dull and boring, big and huge, etc..

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Match associated words. I used the five main senses so ears and hear, mouth and taste, etc.. but this could work just about anything you may be studying. Another example might be life cycles: caterpillar and butterfly, puppy and dog, calf and cow, etc..

Bonus idea #1: Write any particular words that you want your child to place in a specific order. For example the five zones of the ocean: sunlight, twilight, dark, abyss, and trench. Another example, life cycle of a frog: egg, tadpole with no legs, tadpole with hind legs, tadpole with forelegs, frog.

Bonus idea #2: Write any particular words that you want your child to sort. For example, Australian animals vs Asian animals: kangaroo and wallaby, panda and golden monkey. Another example, fruits and vegetables: strawberry and cherry, carrot and broccoli.

Bonus idea #3: Matching puzzles. Put two bricks together and write something across the divide, then separate and let the child match them. For older children use sight words. For younger children draw shapes.

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5 Comments to A Dozen+ Ways to Learn with a Dozen LEGOS

  1. Vidhya says:

    Love all Lego ideas. very useful.

  2. Lisha says:

    This is SOOOO cool! A dozen ideas with a dozen blocks to suit a dozen ages!!!! Love it – will surely try it with my boys. Also sharing this month on my FB parenting page, http://www.facebook.com/ConsciousParentingApproach – inviting you and your fans to come say Hello to us too! See you there!!! 🙂

  3. Amanda says:

    Instead of using dry erase markers, vis-a-vis or WET erase markers will allow you to write onto the Legos without fear of the markings smearing or wiping off when handled. It’s temporarily fixed. To remove, you would just use a wet rag or rinse the Legos in the sink and it all comes right off!

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