Like most people, we are finding many more hours spent at home. A favourite in our house is LEGO and this is such an amazing resource for play and learning. So at Print Play Learn, I wanted to create some alternative ways to play with it. For younger children use larger bricks such as DUPLO or Mega Bloks.
- Build something that floats
- Sensory play with bricks in water
- Have a bath and chuck in the LEGO
- Pop it in water and freeze it – hammer it out of the ice or use salt or warm water to rescue the LEGO
ALWAYS SUPERVISE WATER PLAY
- Making containers or funnels to put the sand into
- Just building with bricks on a different surface
- Hiding the bricks in the sand
COUNTING + NUMBERS
- Make each number from the LEGO – you could use a base board to support this
- Challenge to build towers with different amounts of bricks
- Make your name
- Make letters using the bricks
- Stick stickers onto the bricks or use a whiteboard pen to create simple words
SHAPE, SPACE + MEASURE
- What’s the tallest tower you can make?
- Can you make a round building?
- What the widest object you can build can it hold your toy?
- Make 2D or 3D shapes
- Comparing the shape and sizes of different bricks
- Use the instructions that come with the LEGO to follow, there are also YouTube videos to support building
- You and your child have the same bricks – they build, you copy, then swap
- Make a maze out of LEGO on a base board and get a ball to move around it
- Build your own game – could you make a bat or ball with the LEGO and invent a game? (bowling, hoopla, marble run)
FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES
- Push into play dough and make different moulds from the LEGO
- Use with kinetic sand
PAINTING + PRINTING
- Pop paint into a tray or plate use the lego to dip in and make a number pattern, or a sky scraper with the different shapes
- Colour sort the objects
- Use different pieces of paper or found objects to match the colours – use objects around the home.
- Make a rainbow
Ask the children what they would like to do! I think sometimes with spend ages thinking of ideas when actually their imagination works brilliantly
I’ve made this into a handy free download for you to print off at home. Print and Play! Do tag @printplaylearn if you try and of the activities.