I love LEGOs! They’re probably my favorite toy. I think that kids have the potential to learn so much through their play with LEGO sets. Obviously, they can be used to build structures, but then a new world can be created and the child has the chance to play imaginatively in that world. A world that they designed and brought to life! My 5 year old son loves LEGOs and it makes me so happy to watch him build and play. He has learned to follow the step-by-step instructions that are provided with a LEGO set, but he can also repurpose different pieces to create something completely different. I think that’s exactly why it’s so important to have LEGOs and similarly inspiring toys in schools and at home.
A big benefit to homeschooling, in my opinion, is being able to tailor learning to my sons needs and interests. I know that teachers do that in traditional classrooms, as well, but it would be hard to ensure that everyday there was a lesson planned with each individual child’s specific interests in mind. So I really try to take advantage of this opportunity to have one-on-one, unique learning experiences with Cruz. LEGOs inspired me to think outside of the box and find some unique ways of incorporating them into our homeschool lessons and our playtime!
Cruz is in kindergarten so addition is still a new concept for him. Having visuals to help him solve addition problems is so beneficial! I set out the problem and then he used the LEGO bricks to find the answer. This activity could be done without the paper squares that have the numbers and symbols on them. Without the paper squares, you could use the LEGO bricks to act out a problem. For example, you say “Let’s pretend that I have 2 LEGO bricks and you have 6 LEGO bricks and we want to play with our LEGOs altogether. How many do we have to play with?”
Measuring with LEGO bricks
The curriculum I use with Cruz hasn’t taught much with measuring yet, but I wanted to work on it more. For this activity, I had him measure, compare heights of different toys and document what he learned. I brought out 5 toys and asked Cruz to guess how many LEGO bricks tall he thought each toy was before measuring. Then he stacked up the LEGOs to match the toy’s height. Next, he drew a picture of the toy with a stack of LEGO bricks beside it and wrote the number of bricks that were stacked. When I showed him the next toy, I’d have him compare its height to any toys he already measured.
I love finding different ways to paint! All you have to do for this activity is put some paint on a plate, let your child dip the LEGO brick in the paint and stamp it on paper. If a lot of paint is on the LEGO, the circles are harder to see when it’s stamped on the paper. So the trick is to use a thin layer of paint for a more defined design. This could also be done with the bigger Duplo bricks and ink pads work well instead of paint.
Play Doh tool
Play Doh is probably my second favorite thing to play with my son and I used it for a lot of things when I was teaching preschool. What I love about this activity is that no instructions are necessary! You could just hand your child Play Doh and LEGOs and see what they create. At first, we were using the bricks to mark the dough in different ways, but we also hid LEGO structures in the dough and pretended that they were surprise eggs like Cruz sees on YouTube. We used the cinnamon dough that we made from this blog post- https://withkidsblog.com/starting-new-festive-traditions-with-kids/
Making numbers and letters
A simple activity to get your child thinking! I challenged Cruz to create different numbers and letters using his LEGOs. Again, this activity can let your child be creative because there’s not just one way it can be done.
The bottom line is that I think LEGOs are amazing and I hope your family can enjoy them as much as we do!
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