Today was the 100th day of school and my class counted 100 legos, which got me thinking of all the great learning activites we could do with them:
1. Count: today we counted to 100, I passed out 10 sticks of 10 leggos, then we counted by ones to 100 and by 10's to 100.
2. Stack while counting: We stacked our legos while counting by 10's, once our tower was build we compared ourselves and common classroom objects to the height of the tower. Had I thought this out earlier I would have had a recording sheet with the items we compared.
3. Patterns: We then took our legos apart and created a few types of patterns by color and by size of legos.
4. Addition: you can add the legos themselves in groups or you can add the dots on different sizes of legos.
5. Non-Standard Measurement: Tomorrow I am going to give each child 10 legos stacks and a recording sheet. I will instruct them to measure and record how many rows of leggos long each object is. We will then also count them by 10's once we come back as a group and compare the answers each child has.
6. Make your own stacks: put a pile of legos in the middle of each table, give the children a number and have them build you a stack with that many legos, can do this with patterns too.
7. How many legos tall is your teacher: have the children build a long line of legos and then have them count how long you are (this one works best with the big duplo legos)
8. Can you make shapes with legos: place a pile of legos on the table and instruct the children to set the legos out in certain shapes, you may wish to use shape mats to help with this.
9. Can you make letters and numbers with legos: set out a pile of legos and have the children make you certain letters/numbers in whatever way they want, either by stacking or by putting end to end.
10. Build, Build, Build: children learn so much spacially, mathematically and physically by building with legos, every classroom should have a neverending supply! Free build or assigned build doesn't matter they are learning, cooperative building with partners or groups is also fun!
And for those reluctant children who don't "like" legos, build something completely awesome in front of them and watch their eyes light up, works everytime!