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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.by