From the Archive: Learning with LEGO
Check out the LEGO Space Hollywood event this weekend!
Explore the world of The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part ahead of its February 8th release! We welcome visitors of all ages to become immersed in the world of Emmet and Lucy as they fight back against General Mayhem and her destructive ways! This 6,000-square foot, fully enclosed, one-of-a-kind space will feature numerous interactive elements from the film and fun authentically themed photo ops. We will see you in the Systar System!
Watching our students develop, we know that learning happens even outside of time spent in textbooks and worksheets. Even while they play, learning occurs. One of the joys of homeschooling is seeing our students grow, learn, and love doing it.
If you’re like many homeschool families, you might have a bin or two of LEGO pieces lying around. Have you considered how you might leverage the little bricks to stoke learning and creativity?
The History of LEGO
Many know that LEGO is one of the largest toy companies in the United States, but did you know it is still owned and operated by the same family who started it in 1932? Ole Kirk Kristiansen started building wooden toys in his carpentry workshop in Denmark. Now, his grandson Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen manages the global toy empire his family constructed.
What once was a simple brick system, LEGO now offers cityscapes worth of creations. Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker highlights that kids who play with LEGO sets learn creativity and problem solving, but also planning and forethought. She writes,
When presented with an idea or a build challenge, kids need to think ahead on how they can accomplish it with the given materials. They need to plan out what to build first, how different sub-parts will fit together later, etc. Obviously, these skills carry forward to other areas of life where they will need to decide how to tackle a task or problem.
(She also links to studies that back up how beneficial this kind of play is in early elementary years. Check out her blog for more on learning with LEGO.)
Getting Creative – Learning with LEGO
While the opportunities for creativity are as endless as our children’s imagination, the cost of LEGO systems can certainly stack up. Amy at Milk and Cookies shares great ideas on How to Save Money on LEGO. She has great leads on how to buy directly from LEGO, as well as the best sites offering to rent sets.
Want to connect learning with LEGO builds to the creativity necessary in writing and drawing? Check out this list of free LEGO-themed printables collected by Amy at Encouraging Moms at Home. We love the simple writing prompts that get your students reflecting on something they love.
If you live within a drive of a Legoland, check out if they offer a Homeschool Day. Or, learn more about their STEM-focused education workshops that teach engineering, robotics, energy and more through LEGO.
Building Devotions with LEGO
If your little one loves learning with LEGO, consider ways in which you might help them experience God’s Word through creativity. After reading through a passage, ask your student to construct an object that represents what they remember from the story. What does Jesus walking on water look like through their eyes? Or a house on firm foundation? Or Jacob’s Ladder? (Need inspiration? Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker put together LEGO challenges for the books of Matthew and Proverbs, available for sale on her site.)
As you help your students in building, playing and learning with LEGO, know that when their creativity is in action it’s an opportunity to point them to their Creator.