We are definitely a Lego loving family. On any given day our dining table is covered from end to end with R’s (4 yrs) latest creations. There are so many ways to play with Lego and we’ve been using it for lots of math and literacy games as well. When I created this Lego math game for R, I knew it would be a hit. R is a visual learner so this Lego game was perfect for his learning style.
To set up our Lego math game I printed out the numbers 1 through 20 and cut them into individual pieces. I also wrote a greater than/less than symbol on a piece of paper. I put the numbers into a bowl, along with twenty blue Lego bricks and twenty red Lego bricks. I added a Lego base board to the game and it was done.
R chose two numbers from the bowl. He placed one number on the left of the Lego base board and the second number to the right.
Next, he thought about which number was greater than the other, and positioned the greater than symbol appropriately.
After he had made his prediction about which number was larger, R began building his Lego towers to see if he was correct. He built a tower of blue bricks on the left, using the same number of bricks as was written on the number he had selected earlier. He then built a tower of red bricks, with the same number of bricks as the second number that he had selected earlier.
This gave him a clear visual representation of the mathematical equation, and he was easily able to see whether he had made the correct prediction.
R enjoyed this so much. He loves to learn about numbers, but adding Lego to the mix just made this even more fun for him. It was also quick and simple to put together – always a plus! We recently combined Lego with play dough to learn spatial awareness and letter recognition. I’ll share those activities in an upcoming post.
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