Legos building blocks aren’t just for building anymore! They can build your child’s literacy too!
Okay, maybe it’s my Danish heritage showing (Fun Fact: Legos were invented in Denmark in 1958!), but whatever the reason, Legos have always been a part of my home toy stash. Those brightly colored, interlocking plastic bits allow kids to create and explore building in unique formation over and over again.
As a mommy, teacher (and an advocate of homeschoolers), I’ve found new and unique ways to use these treasured building blocks. They are truly treasured, my grown sons kept them all these years and their kids play with them today!
Duplos, Quantro blocks, or your average Lego bricks can be used in creative ways to extend learning and build literacy with your youngsters. What mother isn’t looking for ways to promote learning at home that is basically free (what parent hasn’t stepped on a lego brick?!), easy to use, and kids just plain love Legos, am I right?!
Here some quick ideas using Legos and Duplos as learning materials you might like to try with your littles:
Sorting by Colors and Shapes
First, let’s start by mentioning Legos come in a variety of primary colors that are perfect for using for color recognition and groupings. Kids can sort based on color names using an egg carton, or another container. Once your littles can identify colors, they can sort their Legos by shape. Basic brick sets come in circles (wheels), squares, rectangles, and triangles.
Letter, Number, and Word Recognition
Duplos are the perfect size for learning numbers, letters, counting, names, and sight words. Using inexpensive craft paper or printed letters plus double-sided tape, ( or adhesive-dots or labels)you can turn your building blocks into letters and words. Kids connect and match easily and they are the perfect size for little hands. Make counting blocks, and stack or match the dots on the tops of the blocks to a number chart. Cut apart word families, sight words, or your child’s name and have them build names, words, and sentences with the supplies on hand.
Legos Make the Perfect Counters
The smaller Lego bricks are the perfect size for counters! Number grouping, counting by tens, 20…to 100! Stack them together as counters for addition and subtraction. Use paper, tape, pens and Legos to reinforce (see photo: I used adhesive dots) regrouping and multiplication.
So the next time you’re looking for ways to reinforce, teach, or practice learning strategies with your littles, check your Lego bins and harness your creative thinking. Then, you can get busy building literacy with Legos!