LEGOs Make Learning FUN!
With kids ranging in age from two through seven, LEGOs are a THE “thing” in our house right now. We’ve got a Duplu train chugging most mornings, LEGO FRIENDS populating play houses, and intricate LEGO creations precariously propped by bedsides. You would think that this little house had seen every LEGO available, but no no… We were excited to find out that we hadn’t even delved into the world of LEGO JUNIORS yet. And when the kids got a BIG package with LEGO JUNIORS sets in the mail last week, you’d have thought it was snowing chocolate truffles. Despite the overabundance of LEGO in our
tiny cozy home at the moment, I was honestly really excited, too. WHY? Because LEGOs are SO educational! (Scroll on down to see a bunch of LEGO learning activities to see what I mean.) Here’s what we learned while playing with our new LEGO JUNIORS…
Why I LOVE Playing & Learning With Our LEGO JUNIORS:
- LEGO JUNIORS age range (4-7) is perfect for my two older kids (ages 5 and 7) – which fosters great collaborating and leadership skills. And with strict supervision, my little guy can get in on the fun, too.
- Themed sets give kids a starting point for imaginative play.
- Yet the variety of bricks give kids the capacity to make their own creations, too! Let’s hear it for CREATIVITY! *cheers*
- Easy to follow directions teach kids problem-solving and direction-following skills.
- Quick start elements and numbered bags make set creations easier for younger (and often more easily frustrated) kiddos.
- LEGO JUNIORS help younger kids build confidence in their skills and creativity before transitioning to more complex LEGO sets.
- LEGO building offers awesome fine motor skill and visual spatial practice.
Awesome LEGO Learning Activities
LEGOs (of all shapes and sizes) are awesome to use for learning activities, too. The well-known and widely-loved bricks are the perfect motivation for reluctant or young learners. Here are some fun ways I’ve found to use them:
- Make Patterns – Use LEGOs to help preschoolers practice simple patterns. Older kids can incorporate more complex patterns into their LEGO creations, too.
- Sort Colors – Have preschoolers sort LEGOs by color; make some fun LEGO-eating color monsters to make it more fun!
- Practice the Alphabet – Tie LEGO building into your preschooler’s alphabet learning with these printable Animal Alphabet Cards.
- Learn Sight Words – Use labels to make DIY LEGO Reading Rods for your emergent reader to practice sight words.
- Engineer & Experiment – Use LEGOs to explore science and engineering; example: build a LEGO catapult or experiment with some LEGO ice excavation.
- Practice Math – Use LEGOs as counters when practicing math or doing math homework.
- Graph Numbers – Use LEGOs to create a visual and tactile number graph for math learning.
- Sensory Play – LEGOs are perfect for incorporating into sensory play; example: use minifigures in a sensory campsite or put LEGOs in some slime!
- Practice Listening Skills – Work on listening skills with this clever LEGO Listening Game.
Want to Learn More About LEGO JUNIORS?
Find out more about LEGO JUNIORS here, and follow the LEGO fun on social media…
Are your kids LEGO fans, too? Do you ever do any LEGO learning activities? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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