We grew up playing with LEGO® . We had these big square roads that you could put together and make a whole city. My mom kept them and now my kids use them to build their LEGO® cities.
I don’t really consider LEGO® to be a toy. It is something I don’t mind spending money on because the kids get so much use out of and building various things with the blocks has so many benefits for them.
Jack is our biggest LEGO® lover and has so built a variety of things and asks for more without fail at every birthday and Christmas. So it was natural we would include it in our homeschooling journey. It makes Maths so much more fun and simplifies certain concepts for them.
What are some of the benefits of LEGO®
Organisational skills. You can’t be disorganised and try build LEGO® (I have tried) but the nature of the instruction books are very organised. This helps children to approach their project in an organised and concise manner. Jack knows he must first look for the correct pieces and then build and not try build while still looking for pieces.
Problem solving. Hands up, who has got to a point in their project and realised you have used a wrong piece somewhere along the line? It can be a little soul destroying but teaches problem solving. You have to go back and figure out at what stage you made the mistake. If the kids are building their own creations they have to play around with a few pieces to figure out which one will work for the item they are building.
Fine Motor Skills. LEGO® pieces are small and it can be tricky trying to get pieces attached correctly. Emma navigates the Duplo blocks easily but because she doesn’t build as much as Jack does she does struggle to click on the smaller pieces. It is such a great fine motor skill activity. You can start with the bigger blocks and then move to the smaller ones.
Spatial Awareness. Spatial awareness is ” awareness of spatial relationships is the ability to see and understand two or more objects in relation to each other and to oneself “. LEGO® helps develop this because your child learns about manipulating objects, making them bigger, smaller, moving them around etc.
Focus and Concentration. Building Lego takes concentration and focus. Even the simple projects require that the child focuses and pays attention to the instructions. Free play LEGO® also requires concentration, Jack will spend hours building various things, it is when he is the most focused.
Confidence. There is nothing like that sense of accomplishment when you have built your creation to completion. I was gifted the most amazing Lego Mickey Mouse steam boat, it took me hours to build (ok maybe not hours) but when it was done I felt like I could take on the world!
Communication and team work. Often on the weekend we pour out all the
LEGO® and the kids all get involved in building. Kiara is very good and directing them and they often create cities together. It requires team work and lots of communication. Emma is only getting into building now and so we do it together, I find the pieces and she puts it all together which requires a lot of communication.
How do we useLEGO® in our daily homeschool lessons?
We use LEGO® mainly for Maths at the moment. It helps me to explain certain concepts to both of the kids in a visual tangible way.
We have some larger square blocks that I wrote 10 on to introduce the tens and hundreds to Jack. He could actually see that 10 blocks equals 100. It is also simple enough for Emma to understand. You do get the single pieces of
LEGO® that you can use for 1’s as well. This really helped Jack to visually see the numbers.
Fractions are made so much easier with LEGO® because each piece is basically a fraction of another piece.
I did some pattern work with Emma using LEGO® pieces. You can make the pattern quite tricky for them depending on how many different pieces you have. Jack wanted to also do this so I made his patterns a little harder.
Sorting is another fun activity I did earlier this year with Emma. She had to sort the blocks into their colours and then further into the block size.
Some days I let them just build whatever it is they want to build. This has all the benefits I mentioned above plus they are naturally learning while they play.
Do your kids enjoy playing with LEGO® ?
Now onto something SUPER exciting. LEGO® are opening a new store in the Menlyn Shopping Centre!
What makes the LEGO Certified Stores so special? Created as experiential playgrounds for LEGO fans old and new, the certified stores allow you to explore the world of LEGO beyond what’s ever been offered by independent retailers. LEGO Certified Stores offer exclusive sets not available anywhere else and showcase personalised features exclusive to particular stores.
If you happen to find yourself at the Sandton or soon to open Menlyn Certified Store, visit the Minifigure station and create personalised LEGO Minifigures as a gift for loved ones (or a quirky keepsake for yourself!) and lose yourself in the carefully curated product ranges available in store.
The Great Yellow Brick Company is excited to open up the world of LEGO to fans in Pretoria, and we want you to be part of the hype and excitement surrounding the launch of South Africa’s second LEGO Certified store!
To celebrate this store opening, I have an amazing giveaway for one lucky ready!
You can win
- Two tickets to the store opening on the 30 May in Menlyn
- PLUS you will receive the following LEGO® sets that have been chosen for you by Jack and Emma to the value of R2000
- Jack has chosen the following sets for you to win
- LEGO® NINJAGO® Green Ninja Mech Dragon PLUS this gorgeous LEGO® BrickHeadz™ Mickey Mouse PLUS a LEGO® Minifigures Disney Series 2
- Emma has chosen the following sets for you to win
- LEGO® Classic Large Creative Brick Box PLUS LEGO® BrickHeadz™ Minnie Mouse PLUS a LEGO® Minifigures Disney Series 2
COMPETITION IS CLOSED
- You need to leave a comment on this blog post telling me your favourite LEGO® memory.
- Competition ends on 28 May 2019
- Only ONE entry per person but you an enter on both the blog post and Facebook.
Please note this competition is only open to Gauteng residents who are available on the 30 May to attend the store opening.