Recently, 👦🏼Adrian really got into LEGO building: he builds every day, and he would build the entire day (if I let him😉). So, we are LEGO ❤️️fanatics here! This Snow ❄️ Resort Kit (buy here) is actually the 1st LEGO Friends set 👦🏼Adrian built completely independently (without 👧🏻Julia's help and he loved the process!) Aside from allowing a child express creativity and ingenuity, there are so many things you can do with LEGO!
Once Adrian was finished, to add a twist to a traditional LEGO building, I wrote down some equations and asked Adrian to reproduce them with LEGO pieces.
The "worksheet" (download here) had several basic addition and subtraction equations on it. Adrian would have to build the equation on the board and solve it.
For symbols, I used flat "bumpless" LEGO pieces and simply drew the sign on them with a Sharpie (permanent marker).
To provide a control of error, I made sure that each equation sing had the same color, adding a sensorial aspect to this activity. Also, Adrian can sensorily feel little bumps on the pieces while counting to self-correct, triggering tactile learning!
For our Math work: see here a 🎥 video- post "Beginning ➖ Subtraction (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥Lesson)." For Addition Math work, see here "Montessori Math Simple ➕ Addition using Marble-Counters" and here a 🎥 video-post "➕Addition Strip Board (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson)." Also see here an extension to Montessori Strip Board: "➕Addition Strip Board Making 🔟’s (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson)."
For Holiday posts, here "🦃Thanksgiving 🌽Inspired DIY Simple ➖ Subtraction Math Lesson."
For more on LEGO, see:
- here "Learning Fractions with LEGO"
- here "Julia's Christmas Gift: LEGO Creator Expert Santa's Workshop"
- here "LEGO Juniors Demolition Site Building Kit"
- here "Dropper Writing Letter M with LEGO (Language 101 🎥 Series 🎇 Curriculum)"
- here "LEGO - the Best Investment in a Toy"
- here "Julia's 7th Birthday Gifts: LEGO Friends"
Do your children like LEGO? Leave a comment! I love hearing from you!