I have three boys so perhaps unsurprisingly we have LOTS of Lego in our house and it is something that they all play together with so it seemed a good first toy to choose for Toy Tuesday.
Despite them getting bigger Duplo is still a firm favourite with all of them for building houses and castles for all sorts of toys and animals, building bridges for the wooden railway and all sorts of other constructions.
Building with Duplo and then standard Lego is great for fine motor skill development as children pick up the pieces and connect them together (tip: pulling apart Duplo is easier than putting it together).
We have now started to move onto “little Lego” and enjoy building models following the instructions.
There are many learning targets that can use Lego as a tool…
- Colours – match, sort and identify the different colours
- Sorting – by colour, shape or size of brick
- Patterns – make colour patterns using the blocks (or use them as mosiac tiles)
- Shapes – use Lego bricks to build / identify different shapes (both 2D and 3D depending on the bricks you have)
- Counting – simply use the bricks in place of counters or count how many bricks were needed in your creation.
- Addition / Subtraction – make a tower with 3 green bricks and 5 red bricks, how many bricks did you use altogether? or take two blocks away, how many blocks are in your tower now?
- Measuring – use your Lego bricks as a unit for measuring.
- Reading – put words or letters on your Lego bricks to make great literacy manipulatives to build words or sentences