Lego and play dough are two of R’s (4 yrs) favourite ways to play. What could be more fun than combining the two? Lego bricks provide a fun and creative way to explore play dough. This activity began as a sensorial activity, then quickly moved into imaginative play and story telling and even included some sight word practise. Just like our recent Lego math game, this activity was another fun way to learn with Lego.
I set up a very simple invitation to play with some play dough that was left over from our recent Easter play dough activity, a wooden rolling pin and some Lego bricks. This was a completely open-ended play invitation. R was free to explore and take it in whichever direction he chose.
Sensory play. He was thrilled to see the Lego on the table and began pushing it into the play dough. He kneaded the dough and hid the pieces of Lego inside declaring them to be hidden pirate’s treasure.
Imaginative play. When all the pieces of Lego had been hidden, he began pulling the play dough apart as he searched for the buried “treasure”, making up stories of pirates as he played.
Literacy play. He eventually rolled the play dough out flat and pushed Lego bricks into it to make an impression. After adding the two red bricks shown above he declared “Look Mummy, I made a V!” This led to him wanting to make other letter imprints in the play dough and he had fun determining which pieces would work best.
R has been learning sight words recently and he used Lego bricks to make the word “you”. The square Lego brick was a perfect “o”!
This activity was great for fine motor skills, literacy and spacial awareness but best of all, he was having fun!
After making a few more letters with his Lego bricks, R brought in some of his Lego Star Wars characters and the play became about imaginative story telling as he re-created a scene from one of the movies. Everything ends up being about Star Wars around here lately!