Who doesn’t love Lego? Sure, we’re adults now and constructing epic buildings are a thing of the past, but not for our children. We can’t help but pull up a chair and help build the massive castle or the space ship with over 3,000 pieces. Lego’s are educational and fun! In case you missed it, I also wrote a Fun Facts About Lego post where I shared some fun facts and a printable study guide on one of America’s best-loved resources! You can read that post by clicking below-
Lego bricks can keep your kids occupied for hours and hours. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and the possibilities are endless. If you can think it, you can probably build it. You can always go on Pinterest and find new ideas for what to create with Lego.
Have you thought of ways to use Lego as a teaching tool? My kids have been blessed to be able to take part in a few amazing homeschool co-ops that tied in learning with Lego! These simple bricks provide an avenue that allows your kids to partake in hands-on learning. Hands-on learning is very important in fostering the love of learning in our children. Do you have a kinesthetic (hands-on) learner? Lego are right up your alley! Each child (and parent for that matter) has a specific learning style and often a combination of learning styles. Regardless of your or your child’s learning style, Lego bricks are sure to strengthen each style. If you have not considered using Lego for eduction, I’m about to change the way you look at them forever! We are even finding ways to tie one of our best-loved education resources- Lego in with our Classical Conversations Cycle 3 studies! Check out this resource ==> HERE.
Here are 12 educational things you can do with Lego (KEEP SCROLLING FOR PRINTABLE!)
- Teach problem solving and fine motor skills with the Tech Machine’s Set! This 95 piece set is great for preschool-age children and includes 4 construction vehicles, 2 cranes and 1 wind turbine, as well as problem-solving activity cards!
2. Inspire their creativity with the Creative Lego Brick Set! Comes with 1000 pieces and an activity card for inspiration!
3. STEM Activities with the Simple and Motorized Mechanics Lego Set. This set helps teach your kids a broad range of skills dealing with technology, science and math. We have used these sets multiple times in Lego classes and they are wonderful!
4. Use the Lego LearntoLearn Education set to promote the development of 21st Century skills like communication, collaboration, problem-solving and critical thinking! This is so important! Use with Skill Trekker to really work on life skills for your kiddo!
5. Teach your children time with the Lego Time Teacher! Create a watch and a clock all with Lego. We love how simple yet educational this is!
6. Teach your kids all about what goes on at the supermarket with this Lego supermarket kit! This fun set is aimed for children ages 5-10 wanting to learn their way around the grocery store! We have used Lego for years to teach our kids about real life situations and places!
7. For ages 2-5, you can teach them their way around an airport with the Duplo Airport build-able toy. This kit features a build-able plane, a refueling tank and a luggage check-in desk. Another great way to teach your kiddos about a real life situation!
8. Teach your kindergartener STEM early on with this Early Simple Machines Lego Kit. It’s perfect for introducing science and technology to kids at an early age! Again, we have used these for years and love them! Even though my youngest is 8 now, he still loves these sets!
9. Ready to hit the next level with STEM in your elementary children’s lives? This WeDo 2.0 Core Set does just that! This is a popular set for my oldest and my middle son!
10. My First Bird Lego Kit is great for young children (age 1.5-3) to get them introduced to building and creative skills! Honestly, we love finding simple and easy ways to tie in Lego with just about any learning experience! This bird set is just another way to tie in nature!
11. Teach fairytale and history with this character set. Great for role-playing and storytelling! We really enjoyed this set when we were learning about Medieval History! We could act out the time period we were learning about and the stories from our studies!
12. Want to strengthen literacy skills & reading abilities? This StoryStarter Core Set is great for just that! We love story starters in general. Add them in with Lego and you have a combination that can’t be beat! This is another set that we have used over and again, especially with my middle kiddo who struggles in this area!
Bonus – using Lego to teach Bible stories! Proverbial Homemaker has some amazing resources to use on her site like the Heroes of the Bible Brick Challenge and Character Study. Click this cute graphic below to learn more!
Also, we really LOVE using several lego books in our homeschool! A couple of them were written by a blogger friend, Sarah Dees!
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Do you use Lego in your homeschool or just for recreational reasons? Did you ever even think of using them as a teaching tool? Guess what – you can!
I’d love to hear about which educational Lego set is your favorite – comment below and let me know!
Don’t forget to grab your FREE pintable Lego cards below too!