We are a block building, castle breaking, LEGO loving family. It has been fun to watch our kids grow and judge their developmental milestones by how they handle these colorful blocks. From trying to ingest them to following directions and from picture perfect structures to their own wild designs…LEGOs really bring out a child’s imagination.
Every time I sit and build with my kids, I can’t help but think about the people that put those instructions together. They must be geniuses and highly creative. They also probably work really hard and sometimes it pains me to see our LEGOs be used for anything other than building something super awesome. Then I count backwards from 10, let my OCD tendencies go and accept the fact that there are LOTS of was to use LEGOs. So this is for you all my OCD friends who have the LEGO phase entering your household…
5 Creative and Educational Ways To Use LEGOs
1. Scavenger hunt
We like to put all our DUPLOs in a bin and then throw in some non-LEGO pieces. Then we do a “treasure hunt”. This is especially fun to do with puzzle pieces because the kids can put the puzzle together as they find the pieces!
I like to line the DUPLO people or cute little animals up and let my youngest count them. Or have him stack a tower of blocks and count along the way.
3. Animal recognition
The fun doesn’t stop with counting, we also taught my son many of his animals and their sounds by using DUPLO sets like the zoo and barn.
4. Sorting and Patterns
We sort by color, shape, size…etc. It’s fun for them to stack the blocks by rainbow colors or try to create/recognize patterns as well!
5. Pretend Play
This seems like kind of a no brainer- let the kids build something and then play with it. But really what I mean is let them use LEGOs for something completely different than what they were created for. My daughter loves to use the teeny tiny pieces used for flowers, door handles, etc to “feed” her small play animals like this dinosaur.
How do you and your kids play with LEGOs? We’d love to hear about what creative and fun things you are doing! And if you share on FaceBook and/or Twitter, use #KeepBuilding so we can see ALL your posts.