Using Lego to help aide your child’s development.
I think we can all agree that Lego has many uses. From helping your children to develop their imagination to fine motor skills in building with the bricks. The only downside of Lego is when you stand on the bricks, Jeez that hurts!
One thing I have been doing with the bricks is helping Arthur learn his colours. The bricks come in a range of colours and shades which can help develop younger children’s colour range. Team up with the plastic cups from Ikea and you have a really simple game set up! The older 2 boys really enjoyed setting it all up for Arthur that he didn’t get a look in!
All you need is a bowl full of coloured bricks and cups with same colours.
After the activity the boys decided they would use the bricks to build their own models. They added their other bricks too! The boys and I loved spending the time together building and I love seeing their imagination grow.
Sorting the colours into cups can be used alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Colour sorting can help these areas of development –
- Fine motor skills – picking up the bricks and connecting them to one another
- Maths – Identifying different colours and shades – Blue and dark blue, green and light green.
- Maths – Counting the bricks. You can extend the activity to include counting the bricks when it is placed into the cups.
- Maths – Encourage the use of mathematical language such as big, small, large. Square, rectangle etc.
We had great fun with these activity and there are so many ways to alter to suit other abilities. You can sort by shape, the number of bumps on the bricks, by shade of colour.
I would love to know if you have tried the activity.