Learning about Colours – The Lego way!

Using Lego to help aide your child’s development.

Learning about colours - The Lego way


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.

Me, The Man & The Kids


  1. 20th Jan 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Lots of great ideas there, we are big fans of lego in this house – such a great and versatile toy!

  2. 20th Jan 2017 / 2:58 pm

    A really great simple idea. turing it into a game is a great way to get older children involved too.

  3. 20th Jan 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Using lego is such a great idea and i love incorporating play in with learning!

  4. 20th Jan 2017 / 3:59 pm

    What a good idea!! Will have to remember this one!

  5. 20th Jan 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Lego lovers too over here! We use them at work all the time (nursery nurse) and you’re right – so many uses.

    Emily x

  6. Georgina Clarke
    20th Jan 2017 / 9:58 pm

    I hope my baby likes lego so I can re-live my youth but on team boy!

  7. Roxanne
    21st Jan 2017 / 9:54 am

    I love Lego except when I stand on it! Ouch! Really good post and amazing ideas xxx

  8. 24th Jan 2017 / 10:58 am

    What a simple but massively clever idea… I’m guilty of not buying ‘normal practice’ educational toys however always find myself struggling to find something which I can use as a substitute. Obviously being massive LEGO fans in our house though we have masses of bricks around so will be using this idea straight the way!

    Thank you and thank you for joining up with #TheLEGOLinky too. Hope to see you this week 🙂


  9. 25th Jan 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Brilliant idea which this LEGO fan has never thought of! We are trying to teach Charlotte colours and what better way than using the one toy we have all over the house! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

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