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16 Fun ways to make the most of LEGO

Most of us have some LEGO around the house – perhaps a massive box filled with bricks, or trailed across the carpet just waiting to be painfully stepped on.

LEGO is filled with possibilities, but here are a few new ideas for activities you might not have tried:

LEGO activities for five to seven year-olds

 1. Have your kids build a marble maze using LEGO bricks, maybe even set a timer for a greater challenge

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(LEGO Marble Maze via Tonya Staab)

 

2. Turn a few LEGO bricks into a reusable Tic-Tac-Toe board

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 (LEGO Tic-Tac-Toe via Kids Activities Blog)

 

3. Make a race track for their toy cars and see whose car reaches the finish line first

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(LEGO race track via Frugal fun 4 boys)

 

4. Build a bird house for the garden – the design can be as simple or complex as they like. This can also encourage an interest in nature. 

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(LEGO Bird house via LEGO Quest Kids)

5. Make learning the times tables more visual and fun with this times tables graph using stacked LEGO pieces

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(3D LEGO Multiplication Graph via Frugal fun 4 boys)

 

6. Learn about symmetry with these beautiful LEGO butterflies

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(Learning symmetry with LEGO via Fun at home with kids)

 

7. Practise sentence building by turning bricks into words – also great for spelling, reading and handwriting

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(LEGO sentence building via There’s just one mummy)

8. Use LEGO pieces to create scenes for a story. Imagination Soup used the StoryStarter education kit for this but you can try it yourself with the LEGO you already have, plus a camera.

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(The LEGO Education Kit via Imagination soup)


LEGO activities for eight to twelve year-olds

9. Use the bricks for some competitive games like LEGO toss or LEGO Skyscraper

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(LEGO family fun via Not Consumed)

 

10. For a more challenging take on the marble maze above, get them to design a marble run using vertical baseplates

(LEGO marble run via Frugal fun 4 boys)

11. Try a game of LEGO skittles

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(LEGO Skittles via Little Bins for little Hands)

12. Using a camera and a few LEGO pieces and characters, get them to create a stop motion animation. This could be a story or a step-by-step construction

(Create your own LEGO Animations via Be a fun mum)

13. Over at FrugalFun4Boys are loads of great ideas for using LEGO to teach Science, including this balloon powered car

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(LEGO Balloon-powered car challenge via Frugal fun 4 boys)

14. Build a homemade balance scale to explore weight

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(LEGO Balancing scales via Frugal fun 4 boys)

15Practise maths word problems using LEGO bricks for visual, hands-on learning

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  (Maths with LEGO via Frugal fun 4 boys)

 

16. Demonstrate fractions using differently sized LEGO pieces

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(Using LEGO for Maths via Scholastic)


Has your child grown out of LEGO?

LEGO is a cool retro toy, so even if your child has stopped playing with it, their old pieces can be up-cycled into accessories and decorations they’ll love. With a bit of adult support, they could make a LEGO ring, LEGO necklaces or a LEGO snow globe.