As a teacher, I’ve always had great opportunities to engage and bond with my students through play. What I’ve realized, in my experience, is that kids tend to choose some games over others. Lego blocks are the epitome of these kinds of games. I used to love Lego blocks when I was little and, however, I won’t mention how many years ago, let’s say it has been quite a while…the only thing I remember is spending long hours playing and never getting bored. Building towers, houses, castles and lots of other things you can imagine.
Even the traditional Lego blocks have never faded from kids’ hearts, what’s really interesting is that through the years there has been an incredible evolution. Colorful bricks are still a choice while Lego video games have entered into play.
So one day I thought: every time the students play free with the Lego blocks, they usually focus on a specific theme and develop it. They never dare to use the blocks with other types of toys. What if we take their play to the next level? Engaging Lego Blocks with other types of toys is an interesting idea to grow some knowledge. How can we use Lego Blocks with other toys to blast the roof off our child’s excitement?
Here are some ideas:
Fairy tale books and Lego Bricks:
Take a fairy tale book and read it to your child. Have a little discussion about the story and then try to encourage them to build something specifically from the story. You can encourage them to think about questions like: “How would you continue this story?” or “Would you make the fairy’s house differently?” Through these activities, your child’s thoughts become more complex. Give your child the time to think and express their thoughts as they are building “fabricate their ideas”. Moreover, when they finish, suggest drawing a picture of what they made or even writing out instructions for somebody that wants to recreate it.
Kids love playing with puppets as much as they love playing with bricks. Give them the chance to use their puppets to create their own scenarios or even give them a problem to solve such as: “Bee puppet and cow puppet are looking for mouse’s house but they don’t know the road. Can we help them get there?” or “can you draw a map to the mouse’s house and then build a road for them?”
Be an architect:
Draw a building on paper for your kid and tell them to recreate it with the bricks or vise versa. Moreover, try to think about how your building looks from different angles. This is a difficult activity that applies to older kids. Put tasks to the child, like: “What do you see if you look at your building from above, from the right, left or below?”
Solving math’s’ problems:
You can use the bricks to solve not only easy arithmetic problems but to help your child understand simple fractions. You can find the biggest sized brick and think of how many smaller bricks can be used to recreate this big one. Also, you can explain halves, doubles or even the quarters.
Lego bricks with magic sand or play dough:
Let’s have some real fun here! Put some play dough or some magic sand in a plain bowl with some Lego bricks of different sizes. Choosing some Lego bricks of different sizes can help your child’s hand muscles get stronger and create some super wonderful funny stuff. In the beginning, give them some free time to experience the bond of these two materials and then take a photo of all their creations so you can have a discussion about it. Talk about what they found difficult, funny or annoying.
Lego bricks are a timeless game with endless choices. Which idea would your child choose? What other ideas would you do? Tell us below!