Teaching With LEGO: Preschool Ideas

Aww, 2-4 year olds. The love of learning is so strong during those precious preschool years. I fondly remember the years when my son was learning the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes. He remembers too.

He remembers the alphabet matching cards I made him, and the foam numbers that we would match up to piles of Cheerios or pretzels, and the sorting activities we used to have fun with several times a day. If only we had Legos in the house back then…I am sure we would have used them in so many ways.

Although we missed out on using Legos during OUR preschool years, you certainly shouldn’t. However, the best part about being able to share these activities with you today, is that my 10 year-old-son thought of some of them himself and helped me create them!

Learning the Alphabet and Lower Case/Capital Letters

One of the most memorable times in a child’s life is when he or she learns to sing the alphabet song. If you have older kids, do you remember the joy on their faces and sheer delight in their voices every time they sang straight through their ABC’s?

These blocks can be used for many many alphabet activities.

You will need 104 small “2×2″ Legos. You can print out my Lego sticker sheet on either a full page sticker paper or on plain paper. If you choose to use plain paper, try double sided tape to attach the numbers to the Legos.

You should stack 2 of the same colored bricks together before you attach the stickers.

Your child can have fun placing the alphabet in order, matching the lower case and capital letters together, spelling easy words, and more.

Number Recognition and Matching

It may seem hard for us adults to remember, but number awareness and correspondence is sometimes a hard concept for preschoolers to grasp. They may be able to easily count to ten, but may not quite understand that the number 10 is equal to a pile of 10 Cheerios.

These blocks will help with that matching concept.

You will need 26 small “2×2″ Legos and 26 “2×4″ Legos. Again, you can print out my Lego sticker sheet on either a full page sticker paper or on plain paper. If you choose to use plain paper, try double sided tape to attach the numbers to the Legos. (I just realized that the zero (0) disappeared from the picture above)

The blocks can be used for counting, number arranging, sorting, matching, bigger/smaller concepts, and more.

Two other important early learning skills that can be taught using Legos are color and shape sorting.  This is super easy to accomplish using any random pile of different colored Legos.  Simply help your preschooler sort the Legos into piles by color and then by size or shape.

You can see in the picture below why I chose to use 2 Legos stacked together. When you break them apart, the sticker pulls off really easy!

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7 thoughts on “Teaching With LEGO: Preschool Ideas

  1. christian Cunard

    This is a wonderful blog. My younger children are gonna love this. THey are all into legos so this is going to make learning so much fun. My 1st grader loves the idea to use it to help him with his spelling. Im going to make up more letter stickers so that we have them for bigger words.

  2. Jenn B.

    My daughter is 8 and hates to write or spell, however, she LOVES Legos! I’m so excited to see the rest of your ideas. I’m also thinking that I could use this idea to teach spelling. Thank you for sharing your creativity. Tell your son thanks too. It’s nice to know it’s been “kid-tested”. :)

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