What happens when you combine LEGOs with math? Well, at my house, you end up with a kid who is eager to do as much math as possible. True story.
My daughters' school decided that this month was Math Facts month. They've challenged all the kids to practice math, either fact families or math skills, each night. They didn't send home worksheets, flash cards, or any sort of manipulative. They just sent home a simple sheet of ideas and told us to have fun. Since my 1st grade daughter is practicing addition, I got out a some of our LEGOs and came up with this simple math game, Pick Two. She loves it and I know your kids will too.
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The set-up for this game couldn't be easier. Just grab a container and fill it with LEGO piece. Try to find a variety of blocks of different shapes and sizes. I only used the basic bricks because the specialty pieces won't really work with this game.
I also grabbed a big base plate to give my daughter a place to organize her bricks. The only other supplies we needed were a pencil and a piece of paper.
The game itself is very simple. My daughter would close her eyes and grab two LEGO bricks from the bucket. She then wrote out an addition problem for the set she pulled out using the bumps on the each brick. (By the way, is there a technical term for the bumps on a LEGO? I have no idea!) For instance, if she pulled out a brick with 4 bumps and one with 8 bumps, she wrote the equation 8 + 4 = ?. She then figured out the answer. Many times she had to count the total number of bumps to get her answer and that's okay, it's all a part of learning to do addition.
The best part about this game is that it's easily adaptable. Try one of these other versions:
- Create subtraction problems with your two bricks.
- Multiply the amount of bumps on each brick.
- Practice greater than, lesser than, or equal to with your bricks
- Your preschooler can decide which brick has the most amount of bumps or the least amount of bumps.
- Have your preschooler count the total number of bumps on the two bricks s/he pulls out of the bin.
- Grab three or more bricks and add them all together.
- Grab four or more bricks and put them in order of largest to smallest, or vice versa.
The possibilities really are endless!
For more fun LEGO ideas, check out these other fun posts from the Early Elementary Blogging Team:
LEGO Classification - Printable Diagrams from Life Over C's
LEGO number line for Addition and Subtraction from In The Playroom
Hands-On Synonym Blocks Matching Game from Raising Little Superhereos
Spelling With LEGOS! from Preschool Powol Packets
LEGO Boat Engineering Challenge from Handmade Kids Art
Using LEGO to find Syllables from Rainy Day Mum
Area and Perimeter with Lego Duplos from School Time Snippets
Plural Nouns with LEGO from Still Playing School
Combinations of Ten Using Lego Figures from Lemon Lime Adventures
Estimating and Probability with LEGO from Planet Smarty Pants
Lego Bar Graphs for First Grade from Look We're Learning
LEGO Irregular Verb Matching Activity for Second Grade from Sugar Aunts
Exploring Symmetry with a Lego Firefly from Crafty Kids at Home
Pick Two: A Fun LEGO Math Game from Creative Family Fun