16 Fun ways to make the most of LEGO
Most of us have some LEGO around the house – perhaps a massive box filled with bricks, or trailed across the carpet just waiting to be painfully stepped on.
LEGO is filled with possibilities, but here are a few new ideas for activities you might not have tried:
LEGO activities for five to seven year-olds
1. Have your kids build a marble maze using LEGO bricks, maybe even set a timer for a greater challenge
2. Turn a few LEGO bricks into a reusable Tic-Tac-Toe board
3. Make a race track for their toy cars and see whose car reaches the finish line first
4. Build a bird house for the garden – the design can be as simple or complex as they like. This can also encourage an interest in nature.
5. Make learning the times tables more visual and fun with this times tables graph using stacked LEGO pieces
6. Learn about symmetry with these beautiful LEGO butterflies
7. Practise sentence building by turning bricks into words – also great for spelling, reading and handwriting
8. Use LEGO pieces to create scenes for a story. Imagination Soup used the StoryStarter education kit for this but you can try it yourself with the LEGO you already have, plus a camera.
LEGO activities for eight to twelve year-olds
9. Use the bricks for some competitive games like LEGO toss or LEGO Skyscraper
10. For a more challenging take on the marble maze above, get them to design a marble run using vertical baseplates
11. Try a game of LEGO skittles
12. Using a camera and a few LEGO pieces and characters, get them to create a stop motion animation. This could be a story or a step-by-step construction
13. Over at FrugalFun4Boys are loads of great ideas for using LEGO to teach Science, including this balloon powered car
14. Build a homemade balance scale to explore weight
15. Practise maths word problems using LEGO bricks for visual, hands-on learning
16. Demonstrate fractions using differently sized LEGO pieces