Legos are fun for adults and children alike, but these bricks are more than just a good time! They allow for countless learning opportunities. Unlike our last post, we will refrain from listing the all the vocabulary possibilities because it would take us a year to list all the words one can target during a Lego activity. Instead we are going to highlight some of our favorite skills that can be addressed during a LEGO task. If you have further questions about how to work on a specific skill with your child, comment below and we will expand!
Ten important skills we can teach through LEGO:
1. Counting - So so so many tiny pieces. Mostly a parent's worst nightmare, but lots of opportunities for counting!
2. Sorting - By size, shape, color...
3. Fine motor skills - Don't jump in right away and let your kiddo try to put the pieces together! Commend them for trying even when it gets tough!
4. Following directions - Both visual and verbal!
5. Requesting - Hold back extra pieces or even assistance until it is asked for!
6. Commenting - Model useful phrases to work on commenting. (i.e. "Wow cool!" "I like this!" "This is difficult!").
7. Describing - Model the use of adjectives to help your child learn new vocabulary. (i.e. "This piece is tiny." "Do you see a pointy, black brick?").
8. Organization/Planning a Task - Discuss the appropriate steps with your child. Look over the directions first and lay out the pieces in an organized way so that everything is accessible.
9. Frustration management - Make each building mistake a learning opportunity. So midway through you discover you make a mistake? Model useful phrases like, "This is frustrating!" and explain the value of fixing a problem as opposed to giving up!
10. Questions - Model questions and help your child respond to higher level thinking questions you pose (i.e. "What could we add to make this vehicle drive? We need something to help it roll." "What are the wings used for?").
With all this learning, don't forget to have some fun with your creation afterwards!!!