Learn with Lego

Lego is a major hit with most children. 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 it certainly is! lego alphabet

Reading books: Lego along with Dorling Kindersley have published early reading books using Lego characters. A brilliant theme for those reluctant boy 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. Brilliant then for hands on word building. Great for learning spellings, 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 following given patterns, building pattern towers or creating own patterns.Lego spellings

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

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

Maths: endless opportunities for visual hands on learning. Build tower sequences to continue, make number lines or towers, write simple sums on blocks and 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?Block number line

Construction: brilliant for developing fine motor skills and inspiring a visual 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/giant tweezers to pick 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.