Lego Learning Games
Fancy making the time after the school run a little less crazy? If yes, these lego learning games could be just for you! Also great for keeping learning ticking over in the holidays.
Desperation is the true mother of invention and an 18 month gap between my two boys means I’m truly desperate to calm things down 😂 This truth and the boys love of Lego, have come together to bring about these Lego Learning Games.
Little Lego features heavily but I’ve also taken the opportunity to bring in the most powerful brick of all – link blocks! (🤷♀️ Sorry, I’m sleep deprived so a bit wappy). Good old Duplo features too. It’s big, it’s tactile and we all still enjoy building with it.
All super speedy to set up, so your returns should generally be greater than your input! And fingers crossed it may just be enough to settle them into their own contented play 🤞🤞🤞
The first Lego Learning Game involves leaving them a message but jumbling up the letters. I used different colours for each word. I think it would be impossible otherwise!
I stuck masking tape onto the bricks to write the letters on, which made it take a bit longer to set up – you could use a semi permanent pen or letter stickers to speed it up though.
Want to encourage reading but they’re not feeling it?? This is such a fun and easy lego learning game and so easy to set up. Great for an extra reading diary entry!
They follow the instructions on the envelope and then open it up to see if they’re “right”. Kids love opening envelopes so that should be treat enough!
Reading, thinking and plenty of intrigue! And if they make one for you in return, they’re writing too!
These link block cubes are brilliant and we used to use them loads for teaching Key Stage 3 maths back in the day. But they’re great for littlies too!
They are super powerful as you can build on all six faces. So whilst you could play this learning game with lego, it is probably more interesting with link block cubes,
I suspect someone told me about this game 20 years ago but I can’t remember who!
Basically I pre-made a few shapes for them to describe to each other while sitting back to back. One child being the describer and one trying to make a replica of what is being described.
You could get them to make their own shapes to describe to each other and of course you can be the describer or maker – lots of fun!
As mentioned above, you could do a similar copying activity with Lego too. It might feel a bit too complicated with all the different sized pieces, but you could always separate some out and make it work that way.
TOP TIP – as you make the shapes, count out the correct pieces and colours for the guesser (to make sure that they have enough!)
Feely Bag – my favourite lego learning game!
An extension to “Copycat” with an added twist; the person describing the shape hasn’t seen it either and is just feeling it in a bag!
Quite a good one if you’ve not got many cubes left as the colours are not important.
Seeing sums – these two lego learning games perhaps have last “game” in them….
….but they are such lovely activities for helping them to visualise times tables “sums”* and the corresponding divides. Imagery will really help to grow your little one’s mathematical understanding.
This task links really nicely to the activity in “Help your child with their times tables”.
*Strictly speaking a sum is only an “add” calculation (I found out over ten years into Mathematics teaching 🙄) but can you let me off for the sake of a decent name for the game?! If not, please make me up a new title 🤞🤷♀️
A bit of practice outside the Maths classroom and the competition that exists there, is always going to be a good thing.
The aim is that they write down as many multiplication and divide calculations (or “sums” 😬) for each rectangle as they can. Probably more suitable for year 2 and above.
Having said that my middlest is in foundation and quite tenacious about keeping up with big bro, so will have a go with lots of (subtle! 😬 #thinlinetowalk) support.
8 is purposely included twice – I’ll ask them why I might have done this (you can really see the different ways of making and splitting up the number – check out what I’ve done with the different coloured bricks!).
Apparently a great TV series? It is also a number with a lot of factors! Which makes it perfect for this activity….
It works as a nice extension to “seeing sums”; the idea being that they move the bricks around to make as many rectangles (and write down as many multiplication and divide calculations) as they can.
FUN FACT – a square is a rectangle too! It’s just special with four equal sides so gets its own name!
There are four rectangles – 8 by 3, 6 by 4, 12 by 2 and 24 by 1 – all of which could be viewed the other way around – 3 by 8, etc.
And while I’m here….
These “Lego” boards are brilliant!
Reasonably priced and they really open up building opportunities and you can make stands to display Lego creations! Not an Ad but love them – I have linked here 😁
The circles are way cheaper than the squares – probably smaller but still cool!
TIP – if you do buy them, it’s best to build your stands upside down and then turn them the right way up – it’s way easier to line up where to put the stacks that way. A whole lot of swearing (in my head) before I realised this 😂😂😂