Legos are great for developing spatial reasoning skills, great for building grand castles, boats, even Rapunzel’s hair (yes, my daughter has demonstrated multiple times, you can make “hair” out of legos). Legos are also great items to use for developing addition and subtraction skills. Here are some of the ways we used our legos this past Friday in our math hour.
HERE ARE A FEW OF THE WAYS WE LEARN MATH WITH OUR COLORFUL BLOCKS:
Sort them. Gather all the pieces of a certain size and color. Make piles.
Make comparisons. Which pile is bigger than another? Sort the piles in descending order.
Make place holders with the legos. Example: 1423 = a tower with 1 white lego, 4 red ones, 2 blue and 3 yellow.
Get out your flash cards. Re-create the problem on the card with the lego cubes. Solve the math equation.
Build a structure, and have another person try to mimic or re-create the structure – identically.
Count by twos. How many “dots” do you have in your lego? Counting by twos is easy with legos!
Talk while hunting for your a particular piece with word problems – ex: If you have 2 red pieces, how many more will you need to complete your project?
Rachel is the founder of the blog, One Crazy House. She is the co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! and The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and six children.