Tuesday, 6 March 2012

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Teaching Maths, Language and More Using Lego Bricks


Lego can be used to teach Maths, Language, Culture, etc. in a fun way. Lego is not just toys. With creativity, the use of it as an educational tool is limitless.

I am compiling a list of fun and educational stuff one can use with Lego from all the creative mothers out there from different websites and blogs and will expand on the list below as I go along:

1. Maths

Sorting Colours with Lego Bricks

http://elainengfriis.blogspot.com/2011/05/montessori-activity-sorting-by-colour.html

Measuring with Lego Bricks

http://elainengfriis.blogspot.com/2012/03/montessori-activity-measuring-with-lego.html
http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2010/07/preschool-math-lesson-lego-measurement.html
http://nurturestore.co.uk/measuring-with-lego
http://www.mummymummymum.com/2012/01/16/biggest/

Teaching Counting with Lego Bricks

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/lego-math-activities/
http://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com/2011/09/count-and-stamp-with-legos.html
http://earlylearning-eaton.blogspot.com/2012/03/back-to-basic-counting.html

Deciphering Between Sizes with the Red Rods or Rainbow Lego Rods

http://elainengfriis.blogspot.com/2012/03/montessori-activity-deciphering-between.html

Making Montessori Number Rods with Lego Bricks

http://elainengfriis.blogspot.com/2011/05/montessori-activity-learning-height.html

Teaching Number Recognition by with Lego Bricks

http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/2010/04/rainbow-activities-part-i.html
http://cache.lego.com/upload/contentTemplating/CreativeParentsCornerMonthlyBuilds/otherfiles/download90C9DA8BD8AA183E1F1B75CCABA6E131.pdf
http://learningwithmouse.blogspot.com/2010/08/lego-math.html
http://funfrugalmommy.blogspot.com/2011/06/homemade-lego-math-game.html

Teaching Addition and Subtraction with Lego Bricks

http://elainengfriis.blogspot.com/2011/10/montessori-activity-teaching-addition.html
http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/lego-math-activities/
http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/2011/07/lego-math-other-activties.html
http://swampfrogfirstgraders.blogspot.com/2010/12/lego-tower-math-game.html

Teaching Pattern Recognition with Lego Bricks

http://elainengfriis.blogspot.com/2012/03/fun-with-teaching-pattern-recognition.html

Teaching Greater Than or Less Than

http://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com/2011/08/under-construction-greater-than-less.html
http://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/2012/01/legos-kindergarten-printables.html


Teaching Geometry with Lego Bricks

http://eisforexplore.blogspot.com/2012/02/lego-geometry.html
http://news.discovery.com/tech/bend-lego-bricks-learn-non-euclidean-geometry-110715.html

Teaching Symmetry with Lego Bricks

http://love2learn2day.blogspot.com/2010/11/lego-symmetry.html

2. Language

Constructing Letters with Lego Bricks

http://pinterest.com/pin/124693483402301749/
http://barefootnparadise.blogspot.com/2011/09/teach-at-home-thursday-lego-learning.html

Constructing Words with Lego Bricks

http://www.bookmakingwithkids.com/?p=2504
http://pinterest.com/pin/93097917266582477/
http://handmadebeginnings.blogspot.com/2011/04/spelling-with-lego.html
http://www.filthwizardry.com/2010/07/diy-spinny-spellers-and-repurposing.html

Constructing Sentences with Lego Bricks

http://pinterest.com/pin/80713018291295749/
http://pinterest.com/pin/94012710940844368/

Teaching & Constructing Calendar

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056ISIJQ/?tag=ga21-20

3. Art & Crafts

Printing & Stamping Art with Lego Bricks

http://www.filthwizardry.com/2011/07/stamping-with-lego-and-craft-foam.html
http://picklebums.com/2011/07/05/easy-art-for-kids-duplo-printing/

Using Lego Bricks to Create Pixel Art

http://www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/wbm/smithba/pixelart/default.html

Making Sculpture with Lego Bricks

http://mathcraft.wonderhowto.com/blog/math-craft-inspiration-week-mathematical-lego-sculptures-andrew-lipson-0131222/

Making a Storage Container with Lego Bricks

http://walyou.com/lego-house/

Lego Car & Duplo Trucks Cardboard Printables

http://www.filthwizardry.com/2009/12/lego-car-and-duplo-truck-cardboard.html

4. Music

Teaching Music Theory with Lego Bricks

http://www.teaching-children-music.com/2011/05/building-major-triad.html

5. Cultures

Making Flags of Different Nations with Lego Bricks

http://culturecottage.blogspot.com/2011/07/make-lego-flag.html

6. Play

Making Jigsaw Puzzles with Lego Bricks

http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2011/06/animal-mix-up-legos/

Making Cozy Buildings with Lego and Hole Punching Card

http://www.filthwizardry.com/2009/12/lego-and-hole-punching-card.html

Playing Lego Bingo Card Game

http://www.bigdandme.com/2011/05/lego-bingo/
http://www.bigdandme.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Lego-Bingo.pdf

Participate in Monthly Lego Quest Challenge for Kids

http://legoquestkids.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-is-lego-quest.html

Constructing Pillars for Wodden Train

http://elainengfriis.blogspot.com/2010/10/what-type-of-toy-train-set-to-choose.html

7. Lego Printables

http://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/2012/01/legos-kindergarten-printables.html

8. A Lego Birthday Party

http://homeschoolblogger.com/teachingjeremiah/783781/

Developmental Milestones for Playing Lego

Furthermore, accordingly to http://education.lego.com/en-us/after-school/center-programs/, in general the type of legos appropriate for the different age group are as follows:

My World for 3-year-olds

Children explore their world of family, friends and animals. They become aware of differences between themselves and the people around them and develop the self-confidence to express ideas as they build and play with a huge variety of DUPLO® and LEGO® SOFT bricks.

My World of Discovery for 4-year-olds

Children explore shape, size and colour, and learn about how things work in the home and local community. They learn to classify, estimate and measure. Through storytelling and creative building, they use increasingly descriptive language as they build a variety of models and objects using DUPLO® and LEGO® bricks.

My World of Adventures for 5-year-olds

My World of Adventures for 5-year-oldsChildren explore air, sea, land and space travel; they design and build different types of vehicle and investigate how they move. They experiment with patterns and invent and play a variety of games. This programme combines fantasy, imagination and storytelling with simple explorations of historical events and geographical facts using a variety of LEGO® tiles and bricks.

My World of Inventions for 6-year-olds

Children explore ways in which people and things move – for example, how animal and human bodies bend and jump, and how machines lift or spin. They learn about simple machines in the home and local community, and design and build their own models using DUPLO® Early Simple Machines sets.

My World of Science for 7-year-olds

Children build and design increasingly advanced mechanisms using LEGO® Technic and LEGO System sets. Through exciting topics such as Secret Agents, Circus and Desert Islands, children learn about mechanical components and use motors to power their great inventions.

My World of Robotics for 8-12 year olds

Children learn to create simple computer programs that control the behaviour of robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education software and LEGO Technic sets. Programmes range from simple to advanced, starting with simple programming and building skills and progressing to creative designs and engineering solutions.

Additional Information:
It is a Danish brand, and thus, close to my heart. Lego can be used to supplement and zest up traditional classroom setting. Perhaps some schools in Singapore are already using it, but I wish so much that the teachers, principals and educators in Singapore will give more attention to using more creative and fun means in the classroom.

General References:
http://www.mydeliciousambiguity.com/2012/01/learning-activities-with-legos.html
http://creative.lego.com/en-us/ParentsCorner/MonthlyBuilds/201105.aspx
http://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com/2011/08/under-construction-greater-than-less.html
http://www.littlebrickschoolhouse.com/mathactivities.pdf
http://www.littlebrickschoolhouse.com/activities.html
http://pinterest.com/search/?q=lego+letters
http://www.brighthub.com/education/homeschooling/articles/106904.aspx
http://www.thebricklife.com/the-5-best-lego-family-activities/

After trying out all the Lego activities on this page, the number of Lego bricks used could be sufficient to construct this table!






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