So, this week in the learning with manipulatives series, we’re covering LEGOS. These classic blocks have been used to build just about everything you can imagine. They’ve been used in many learning activities, too. We shared creative ways to learn with LEGOS before and as an Occupational Therapist, I love them for their fine motor benefits. LEGOS are on pretty much every OT’s recommendation list. They are small enough to encourage a tripod grasp, resistive enough to really work the intrinsic muscles of the hands, and open-ended enough to encourage problem solving and creativity in play.
Today, I’m sharing an easy work building activity that I did with my Kindergarten-aged son. He’s learning to build words and we had fun practicing the skill with LEGOS!
Learning with LEGOS Word Building Activity
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In Kindergarten, he’s working on sounding out words, creating an ending and adding different letters to the beginning of the word to “build words”. Typically, my son comes home with small pieces of paper with the letters printed on them and uses the letter cards to build words. We decided to take word building to a new level and literally build words with LEGOS
For this activity, we used a large LEGO Building Plate
to create a surface for building our words. To make the letters of the words, we used single width blocks in different lengths. Building the letters with blocks was not exact. We used a lot of creative license to make some of the more rounded letters. But, using the blocks reminded my son of Minecraft and the boxy looking letters were ok with him.
To start off the word building task, I first used a dry erase marker to write out a word. I showed my son how the dry erase marker could be wiped off using a baby wipe. We discussed how a permanent marker would not do the same thing and that if we didn’t use a dry erase marker, his LEGO board could be permanently damaged.
Using the guide of the letters, we worked on building that first word. Once he got the hang of making letters, he was really into it. We started with a few -at words and as he named words that rhyme with cat or bat, we removed the first letter and build the new word.
We only had enough LEGO pieces to make one or two words at a time, especially using the same ending letters. We then built another word with just one ending sound and removed the first letter only.
This is an activity that can be used in SO many learning tasks, all while including fine motor skills into the activity. Try practicing spelling words, building numbers for math problems, practicing name recognition…How could you use this idea to learn?
Looking for more ways to use LEGOS in learning? Try these ideas:
- LEGO Addition Mat for Greater Than/Less Than from Life Over C’s
- Duplo Lego Geoboard from Still Playing School
- Duplo Consonant Blends Activity from Learning 2 Walk
- Educational Playtime with Duplo – Sorting, Estimating and Building from Crafty Mama in ME
- LEGO DUPLO Sight Word Towers from Mom Inspired Life
- Build A Lego Catapult from Powerful Mothering
- Geometric Blueprints with LEGO from Handmade Kids Art
- Slippery Lego Duplo Fine Motor Practice from Best Toys 4 Toddlers
- Penguin Ice Cube Counting With LEGO from Preschool Powol Packets
- Word Building with LEGOS from Sugar Aunts
- Hands-on Science: Creating a Water Cycle Project using LEGO from Edventures with Kids
- Lego Tower Subtraction Race from The Kindergarten Connection
- Lego: 5 reasons you should use it with your kids from The Usual Mayhem
- Lego Heart Marble Maze from Lemon Lime Adventures
- Dumping Lego Colour Match Activity from Teach me Mommy
- Feed the Duplo Alien from Adventures of Adam
- How To Create A Duplo Block Painting from Raising Little Superheroes
- Letter Sequencing with Lego Duplo from School Time Snippets
- Lego ordering, days of the week from In The Playroom
- Dental Flossing with Duplo from Study at Home Mama
- LEGO Math Ten Frame Games from Lalymom
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