Learn with Lego: inspiring ideas to develop key skills

Little Learning Seeds founder shares some brilliant ideas for learning with lego.

Lego is a major hit with most children and a great present for Christmas. From a young age children enjoy using building blocks to create all sorts of wonderful inventions. Over the last few months I have seen, tested and been sent all sorts of brilliant ideas using Lego to aid learning. I’m sure the Lego inventors never thought that their timeless product would be so versatile, but from the list below, you can see that it most certainly is!

Reading books

Lego, along with Dorling Kindersley, has published early reading books using Lego characters. A brilliant theme for those reluctant readers. Available online www.amazon.co.uk or www.thebookpeople.co.uk

Word Building

Use Duplo blocks as individual letter sounds with either permanent marker or
sticky labels. This is brilliant for hands on word building and great for learning spelling, practising early blending, and segmenting skills for reading words or even building an alphabet strip. Write those tricky sight words on bricks and build a tricky word wall.

Patterns

Building blocks provide endless opportunities for children to follow given Block number linepatterns, build pattern towers, or create their own patterns.

Sequencing

Lego has visual instructions which are brilliant for teaching children to follow a sequence to an end result.

Sorting

Use a mixture of Lego, Duplo or building blocks and see how children will sort them out. Categorising and grouping is part of the early years curriculum and you’ll be surprised at how many inventive ways little people can sort. Colour, size, shape, likes or even dislikes etc.

Maths

Lego provides endless opportunities for visual, hands-on maths learning. Build tower sequences for children to continue; make number lines or towers; write simple sums on blocks then find the answer to match; make a bar graph using Lego blocks; use blocks as counters; make fraction towers (write a fraction on each block and make towers i.e. 3 blocks for thirds); use blocks for measuring in non standard units e.g. how many Lego bricks high is the table?

Construction

Constructing lego is brilliant for developing fine motor skills and inspiring a visual inspiration for story writing. Try making a Lego rainbow, buildings, scenes, a maze for a Lego figure or a Lego marble run.

Fine Motor Skills

Use chop sticks or giant tweezers to pick up and place blocks; try using pipettes to pick up and place water in Duplo holes; build towers as high as you can; balance marbles on Duplo holes; make and copy a Lego shape or make and trace a Lego shape.

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