The children have showed interest in Lego’s and what they can create from them. We laid out the Legos on the table; the big pile was immediately an attention grabber for the children. We set out tubs that were different colors for them to sort them in and the children instantly knew what to do.
The children helped each other out and kept looking in each bin to ensure that they all matched. The sorting stimulated them to compare each Lego. They would pick each one up and hold it in front of them discerningly. The inspection not only got them thinking about color but also size so we then set out a bin for the smaller Legos.
As they started exploring and constructing with the Legos we heard “WOAH! Look Ms. Marlene! Look Ms. Chelsea!” Each child was amazed by what they had constructed. Their reactions at how tall and how big the Legos were filled with excitement. “LOOK! I made a tower!” “I made a Robot.”
Each child has their own creativity and it was amazing seeing what they could do with Legos. Legos are a great way for children to learn about construction and design. It is also a great way for children to develop muscles in the fingers and hands. After taking a break from color sorting by constructing they realized they were going to have to put away. Without us even having to tell them they broke their constructions apart and sorted the ones they had used by themselves.
According to Gwen Dewar, “Researchers found that 4-years who played with blocks in more complex ways were more likely to achieve high math scores in high school.” Playing with legos allows the children to strengthen their problem-solving skills, through this process they learn how to not only create something but that there are many different ways how they can create and categorize with the legos.
This concept of sorting things out has been used in a lot of the different ways in our classroom. We believe that the environment is a teacher. We sort materials by color, size, etc. so that when the children see them and put them back they naturally sort. It was natural for them to engage in this activity because of that reason. Our students sorted out the cars, animals, and the wooden blocks without any encouragement; this is usually something we as teachers have to promote or even do ourselves. This one simple project has promoted them to keep the building area sorted throughout the entire week. We as teachers are excited because now when it is time to clean up the children are instinctively sorting and comparing!
“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.”
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