Wednesday, March 7, 2012

using legos to teach math and writing

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Bear was bored.
i mean...
        B-O-R-E-D.
big sister has
loooooong outgrown
the big bucket of little legos.
                                    so we gave it a shot.

busy for 1 1/2 that first night.
you read that right.
                   1 1/2 half.

a few days later, i banked on the newfound interest and used the legos in our preschool.

for lego math, i used a counting graph with a line for every number.  i created a more streamlined one in excel that you can download here.  Bear practiced his one-to-one correspondence by placing the appropriate amount of legos on each line.  i let him choose what order he wanted to do the numbers in.



for lego writing and letter recognition i wrote large A, B, and C on a piece of paper.  then Bear "traced" the letter with legos.


in the past, we have also done paint with legos


to utilize some technology in preschool, Bear and i also looked at some sites online that have lego creations on them.
Bing search for "lego art projects"


if you have a lego project, please leave the link in the comments!  i'd love to add it to this post!
 
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15 comments:

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

Great use of manipulatives, Freckle Face! I like!

Ali said...

Lovely, imaginative use of lego blocks.

heather at wordplayhouse® said...

Andie, these are great projects because it uses what most everyone has in their homes. Legos, used as learning tools like you've shared here, are a great way to get another use out of them—learning and fun at the same time. Nice!

Maro's kindergarten said...

What a creative use of legos! I will try it in class for sure!

Mandi said...

LOVE the Lego activities!!!

Danielle said...

Cannot wait to do both of those with my sons tomorrow when they wake up! Wonderful ideas!

Stacy of KSW said...

wonderful idea and the pictures are so lovely too!

andie jaye said...

:)

Didi of Duck Duck Octopus said...

This is a wonderful way to learn math, and I love how you used the legos for letter recognition. Very clever. Thanks for the inspiration, and for sharing this idea at the Kid's Co-op!

willowday said...

I just found you and this is a wonderful exercise! Our children are crazy about Legos so it's the perfect format for learning. Thank you for sharing! (I found you at livinglifeintetionally) g at www.willowday.com

MissMOE said...

Great ideas. I especially like the idea of using legos to paint!

Buttons in a cup mama said...

I'll try it tomorow with kiddo !
Thanks

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

LOVE it!! What a great idea =-) My son loves legos and this will make school even more fun!! I featured this at TGIF this week: http://www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2012/03/tgif-linky-party-21.html - Come stop by and link up what you've been doing this week. Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us & Have a GREAT weekend!
Beth =)

Kristina said...

Love this and featured it over on my blog today! Thanks for sharing my post from over at Quirky Momma as part of your link list too!

jmommymom said...

Making the big letter A with legos is a wonderful idea. Thanks!

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