Teaching With LEGO

How many of you have lived through this scenario…you are walking through your living room, looking straight ahead like a good person should, and OUCH!!!! You step right on a Lego. I recently saw a quote on Pinterest that read, “Feet (noun): a device used for finding Legos in the dark.”

Wow, isn’t that the truth.

No matter where you step, no matter where you look, no matter where you sit, there are Legos. For the next 10 days (minus weekends) I am going to share with you some ideas on how you can take those precious but pesky little objects and use them in your homeschool. Imagine the delight on your child’s face when you break out the Legos right in the middle of homeschool lessons!

However, before we get started, here are some FAQs:

How can I store our Legos when they are not being played with?

I have the absolute most perfect solution a mom could ever dream of…the Lay-n-Go. Seriously, Amy Fazackerley is a genius. Simply put, the Lay-n-Go (besides being one of the most brilliant products I have ever seen) is a activity mat, cleanup, storage and carryall solution in one.  The Lay-n-Go comes in 2 difference sizes – small is 18″ inches and the large one is a whopping 5 feet!

I simply cannot recommend this product enough and I know I am not alone, since it has won numerous awards including the The Mom’s Choice Awards®. Watch the short video below how easy Lego clean-up can be!

I was so blessed that the founder, Amy, sent me a large one to review and I am happily recommending it to everyone I know. She is also generously offering a 10% discount off any Lay-n-Go purchase until April 30th. Just use the code heart10 at checkout.

Be sure to show your support of Legos by becoming a fan of Lay-n-Go on Facebook and Twitter.

Where can I purchase a whole lot of Legos and not go broke?

We have bought several loads of bulk Legos from sellers on Ebay. Do a search for legos pounds and then specify Buy It Now and Free Shipping in the sidebar selections. We have purchased several 4 to 6 pound shipments of various Legos for less than $40! Here is our most recent purchase, all spread out in our handy Lay-n-Go.

Are there any books out there for Lego lovers?

Of course! There are early readers, chapter books, sticker books, idea books and more! Here are some of our favorites. Click the image for details:

Lego Idea Books

The LEGO Ideas Book

The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines

The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders

Ultimate Lego Book by DK

LEGO Star Wars Mad Libs

The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions

Character Encyclopedias

Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia

Lego Ninjago Character Encyclopedia

Lego Star Wars

Lego Harry Potter Character Encyclopedia

Sticker Books

Lego Minifigure Ultimate Sticker Collection

Lego Star Wars Ultimate Sticker Collection

Lego Ninjago Ultimate Sticker Collection

Lego City Ultimate Sticker Collection

Books for Lego fans who are learning to read

Ninjago Chapter Book – Kai: Ninja of Fire

Ninjago Chapter Book – Zane: Ninja of Ice

Ninjago Chapter Book – Jay: Ninja of Lightning

Ninjago Chapter Book – Cole: Ninja of Earth

DK Readers: Brickbeard’s Treasure

DK Readers: Defend the Castle

Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace:

City Adventures: Calling All Cars

Join me for a 10 day series about using Legos in your homeschool, April 16-20 and 23-27. This 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network.

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11 thoughts on “Teaching With LEGO

  1. Mary

    Being the mom of a huge LEGO lover, I appreciated this post. I have never seen the Lay-N-Go, but I’m going to look at it now!!

    The character encyclopedias are a huge hit in our house, too.

    I can’t wait for the rest of your series!

  2. Aadel

    We love legos! That lay-and-go looks so cool! Right now we have a plastic tub with a hinged top that holds our bulk legos. We have also used those plasic stackable drawer/bins in the past.

    I am excited for this series!

  3. Inger - The Brick Life

    Needless to say I love Lego so will be looking forward to visiting your blog over the next 10 days. I hadn’t heard of the Lay-And-Go products before but have implemented similar concepts in my Lego-mad family over the last decade.
    Sometimes I think quilts were born to be Lego mats!
    Thanks for the great start to the series and I’ll check in again tomorrow :-)
    Cheers
    Inger – The Brick LIfe

  4. Amber @ Classic Housewife

    Hey, look! I made it around to your 10 Day series! (I’m still working down the list..)

    I have a relatively new serious lego lover in my house. He got his first legos for his bday in November and more for Christmas. I bought some on ebay to get him started — and I need to get more! =p Looking forward to reading through your resources!

  5. dDebbie Du bois

    When my son played with legos I hated cleaning them up. So we would put down aquilt or light blanket. Anything off the blanket he was in charge of picking up. We stored them in a green tote. We still have legos in the tote.

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