Monday, June 6, 2016
Beyond Building: Fun LEGO Games Students Can Play
LEGO toys are obviously great ways to enhance a child’s building/engineering skills and enhance their creativity as they embark on their own designs. However, what makes LEGO a true staple in any classroom is its ability to be included in a number of learning games that move beyond construction skills. LEGOs can be modified to become essential components of math, reading, science games and more. Below are a few of our favorite learning games that involve LEGO blocks, from least to most advanced.
1. Learning Symmetry with LEGO
Are you looking for a fun, easy way to teach young learners about the concept of symmetry? Grab a LEGO board and a number of LEGO blocks in a variety of colors and sizes, making sure there are plenty of each type. Then divide the board down the middle, and let your student or child build! The only rule is that whatever goes on one side of the board must go on the other side, too, in its exact relative position. Children can start simple, with just a couple blocks; and as they get more familiar with the concept, they can create ever more complex and symmetrical designs. For some inspiration, read this blog post about teaching symmetry with DUPLOs using a butterfly pattern.
2. LEGO Hangman
One of the best parts about LEGO blocks is that they can easily be written on and turned into letters! So grab a permanent marker, find some square-shaped LEGO blocks, and create your LEGO alphabet. Then, using LEGO figures, get ready for a fun round of LEGO hangman. You can get creative about how you choose to design the hangman post and the hangman itself, but we like this simple DIY version.
3. LEGO Poetry
Now that you’ve gotten used to using LEGO blocks as an alphabet, take things to the next level and write entire words on LEGO blocks. Model the words after those found in a typical “magnetic poetry” set, using a good mix of nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, and modifiers. Work anything “personal” into the set, like classroom-specific pets or phrases. Then allow students to rearrange the LEGO blocks to create new sentences and entire poems or stories, building as they go, for a narrative that will double as a visual treat! Make sure to photograph the end creation for display purposes.
4. LEGO LED Flashlight
Help students learn about LED technology while allowing them to build something simple, affordable, and downright cool – a flashlight. The very simplest version can be achieved by adding a battery and LED to the inside of a hollowed out LEGO, as shown here. However, we’d encourage you to use that as a jumping-off point and help your students create more complex builds using their LED technology.
5. LEGO Chemistry
Given the number of literal “building blocks” that are involved in chemistry, using LEGO blocks to represent chemistry concepts is a match made in heaven. Whether you’re illustrating atoms, bonding, or positive and negative charges, LEGO blocks can help. Check out this tutorial from MIT to teach how atoms bond into chemicals and molecules.
What are your favorite LEGO learning games? Let us know in the comments below!
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