Learning with Legos

The children love playing with Legos and creating different things out of the small pieces. There are so many different ways to learn when using Legos in regards to mathematics. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

We created a math worksheet out of Legos. The children worked on addition and subtraction using the dots on the Legos piece. After a few days of practice, the children were able to create their own math worksheets out of Legos and consequently solve the problems.

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Some of the children decided that they wanted to have a competition to see who could make the Legos “spinner” spin the longest. They created a record sheet of each round, took turns spinning the object, and recorded the times. After each child had a turn, we discussed why they thought some children’s timings were longer or shorter than others. The children hypothesized that the times were correlated to the weight of the Legos, so we decided to test their theory. After bringing in a scale, the children weighed the different Lego pieces. We compared the weight of the Lego to the time it took for it to spin and also discussed possible uncontrolled variables that could’ve affected the time.

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Eventually the children began weighing different objects to see the scale increase and decrease. It was fascinating to observe them learning how a small object can weigh more than an object that is larger than it. This opened up a discussion on materials, density, and an interest in weight.

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This activity was important because it allowed the teachers to encourage the observation, creativity and exploration of the children. In some schools, Legos are only meant to build things with, not to be measured, spun, or used in math problems. We want to remind parents to always urge your child’s exploration of the world and materials in it. Just because an object is traditionally used for one thing doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be used for something else. Promoting a sense of wonder and curiosity in our children will benefit them for years to come.

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