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Lego lesson planning for homeschool

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If you homeschool, or you prefer educational games for kids, there are many activities using Legos that will make learning fun. Legos can be used in teaching math, art, science, language arts and even history. When planning your lessons for homeschool, consider using some of the following Lego games and activities to help kids learn.

Spelling and Language Arts

Draw or print large block letters on paper. Allow children to place Legos inside the letter’s outline to fill it in. Then, have them identify the letter.

Challenge kids to spell out words using Legos. The pieces can be snapped together or just laid out to form the letters.

Give kids a simple word such as cat, fox or sit. Ask them to use the Legos to spell out a word that rhymes with the word given.

Tape words to side of Legos. Let kids randomly draw several words and see if they can form a sentence. For older children, ask them to identify the parts of speech.

Create a cryptogram puzzle with Legos. Lay out Legos in a pattern and create a letter legend to go along with it. For instance, if the answer to the riddle is George Washington and your question is “Who was the first president of the United States?”, your question would begin with a “W.” Your pattern might start with red and your legend indicate that all the red blocks correspond to “W.” The next block might be yellow, and your legend would say that all yellow blocks correspond to the letter “H” (the second letter in “who”). Lay out a pattern until all letters are accounted for. If you don’t have enough individual colors of bricks, snap bricks together and use a color combination for some letters, such as yellow/green corresponds to “S.”

Math

Young children can use Legos to create patterns. You can lay out a partial pattern with blocks missing and ask young learners to place the correct color block into the blank space to complete the pattern correctly.

Individual blocks can be used for counting. Stacked blocks can be used to indicate multiples. Dots on individual bricks can also be counted or used to multiply.

Bricks added or taken away from a creation can be used to show addition and subtraction concepts.

Introduce measuring with a fun “How many bricks high am I?” game. Have the child build a Lego tower that is the same height as he is. Use a measuring tape to measure the creation, and the child, then compare.
Measure one Lego brick, or stacks of three. Give kids problems to think through such as “If “x” number of Lego bricks is 2 inches high, how many Lego bricks would it take to create something that measures 32 inches.

Give math quizzes and allow kids to give their answers using Legos. Draw a line down the center of a sheet of paper, turned horizontally (landscape orientation). Give the child a math problem such as “What does 4 plus 8 equal?” Since the answer is 12, the child would lay one Lego brick in the left column of the paper, and two Lego bricks in the right column.

Build a shape and have the child reproduce it with an extra set of Legos. If Legos are limited, build the shapes ahead of time, take a picture of them, then disassemble. Ask the child to build the shape and identify what it is. Slanted, round and cylindrical pieces can be purchased individually through Lego.com or at the Pick-A-Brick wall of some Lego retail stores.

History and geography

Ask kids to build a historic landmark, object mentioned within the history lesson, past invention, etc. and have them tell you facts about it.

Challenge kids to recreate flags of the world using Legos. For more complex images, kids can use Legos to make the basic color patterns and overlay drawings to complete the flag.

Put a baseplate in the center of a table. Teach the very basics about different types of government by giving kids piles of Legos and allowing them build freely (democracy), giving them specific instructions that might not make sense, but they are required to follow them (fascism), taking away their piles of Legos and only providing the Legos they need to complete a task from the teacher’s pile (communism) or giving uneven piles of Legos, giving kids opportunities to earn more, but requiring everyone to share the bricks with whomever needs them (socialism).

Science

Young children can perform experiments to see if Legos sink or float, if they are magnetic, how many Legos of sizes it takes to balance scales, and how different amounts of Legos displace water in a cup.

Lego structures can be tested for weight limits, stability under vibrations, and structural soundness when weighted at the base or the top.

Challenge kids to use Legos to build simple machines, or learn Lego robotics for more complex models.

Lego vehicles can be used to measure velocity at different angles, weights and other variables.

Art

Challenge kids to create sculptures that represent different themes. For instance, their sculptures might contain a pattern or be made up of only assigned colors.

Lego creations could also represent an emotion, time period in history, idiom, etc.

Legos can also be used to recreate famous paintings or sculptures.

For more ways to use Legos, try these Lego games, or these Lego challenges for kids.

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