Friday, January 6, 2012

Legos

Book Suggestions:

Learn with Legos: Numbers by Lego
Learn with Legos: Colors by Lego
Learn with Legos: Trains by Lego
On the Farm by DK Publishing
Rescue by DK Publishing
Farm by DK Publishing
Lego Modelers: Amazing Animals by DK Publishing

Activities:

Sort Colors:
Materials: a variety of legos
Description: Place a variety of legos on the floor in front of your toddler. Have your toddler identify all the different colors in the group of legos. Help your toddler sort all the legos by color. Stack all the reds together, all the greens together, and all the blues together, etc. Have your toddler count the number of legos in each group when they are finished. Talk about what group has the most and the least.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot to sort by color, teach your tot color identification, teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot to understand the concept of most and least, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development



Sort by Shape:
Materials: a variety of legos
Description: Legos vary in size and shape. Place a variety of square and rectangle legos in front of your toddler. Show them a square lego and have them identify the shape. Show them a rectangle lego and have them identify the shape. Help your toddler sort the legos by shape. Stack all the squares together and stack all the rectangles together. Have your toddler count the number of legos in each stack when they are finished. Talk with your toddler about what group has more and which has less.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to compare and contrast shape and size, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to develop an understanding of more and less, teach your tot shape identification, teach your tot to sort shape, teach your to language development, teach your tot motor skill development



Lego Stamps:
Materials: legos ( of different sizes), paint, paper
Description: Your toddler will enjoy painting with legos. Pour several color paints onto a paper plate. Have your toddler dip a lego into one color paint and stamp it onto a piece of paper. Ask your toddler what shape they see from the lego stamp. Continue doing this with different color paint and different size legos. Have your toddler count the circles from each lego stamp.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to enhance creativity, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot to count, teach your tot color recognition



Imagination:
Materials: legos
Description: Encourage your child to imagine something that they want to build out of legos. Help your toddler build their fantasy. Pretend and imagine being part of their lego land.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to enhance creativity and imagination, teach your tot language development

Counting:
Materials: 10 or 20 large legos, permanent marker
Description: Have your toddler stack 10 or 20 legos (depending how high they can count) on top of each other. Counting as they put each lego on the top. When they have stacked all the legos, write numbers 1-10 or 1-20 on the legos (one number on each lego). Count the legos again with your toddler looking at the numbers while counting. Take apart the legos and put them back together in the correct number order.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot one to one number correspondence, teach your tot to develop motor skills



Small, Medium, Large:
Materials: three legos of different sizes
Description: Lay the legos in front of your toddler. Have your toddler pick the smallest lego, then the medium lego and last the largest lego. Help your toddler put them in order from smallest to largest and from largest to smallest. Ask your toddler to name the shapes and colors of the legos too.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to compare and contrast sizes, teach your tot to develop an understanding of small, teach your tot medium and large, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot language development



Where is the Lego:
Materials: three large containers (not see threw), legos.
Description: Turn the three containers open side down. Place the lego under one of the containers and move them around so that your toddler does not know where the lego is. Ask your toddler to guess here the lego is. Keep guessing until they get it right. Have them name the color and shape of the lego when they find it. Continue this game, changing the lego each time.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot to develop guessing and process of elimination skills, teach your tot language development

Life Size Legos:
Materials: diaper boxes, paint, glue, large yogurt containers
Description: You and your toddler can create life size legos together. Hot glue four yogurt containers to the side of a diaper box (or other large box). Do not let your toddler handle the hot glue. You and your toddler can choose a color to paint the lego. Paint the entire box and yogurt containers. You could make a smaller version of this by using shoe boxes and small yogurt containers.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop motor skills, teach your tot to enhance creativity

Letters and Numbers:
Materials: legos
Description: Most of the time when we build things with legos, we stack them together. However, we could use legos in different ways, placing them side by side to make letters and numbers. Together with your toddler build a letter and have your toddler identify it. Continue to do this with different letters or numbers. You could show your toddler a picture of a letter or number and see if they can build it.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot to enhance creativity, teach your tot to develop motor skills


Simple Lego Patterns:
Materials: legos (several of two different colors)
Description: Place several red legos and several blue legos in front of your toddler. Tell your toddler that they are going to make a pattern. Have your toddler identify the two colors that they see. Help your toddler start the pattern by placing one read, one blue, one red, and one blue lego in a line. See if your toddler can tell you what comes next. Have your toddler continue to help you build the pattern. Have your toddler count the legos in the line. Mix all the legos up again and see if your toddler can build a simple pattern.
You could extend this activity for you toddler by drawing legos shapes onto a piece of paper (all in a row) and have your toddler color them in a pattern. Have your toddler count the legos on the paper also.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand simple patterns, teach your tot to build a simple pattern, teach your tot to count, teach your tot color recognition




Songs and Fingerplays:

Lego’s, Lego’s:
sung to the tune of Brother John

Lego’s, Lego’s
Lego’s, Lego’s
rectangle and square
rectangle and square
They are different colors
They are different sizes,
Lego’s everywhere
Lego’s everywhere

Lego’s are fun:
sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

Lego’s are fun to build and play
build and play
build and play
Lego’s are fun to build and play
I could play all day.

Lego’s are fun to stack and count
stack and count
stack and count
Lego’s are fun to stack and count
Count them 1,2,3

Lego’s are fun to sort by color
sort by color
sort by color
Lego’s are fun to sort by color
Blue, yellow, green, and red

10 Little Lego’s:
sung to the tune of 10 Little Indians

1 little 2 little 3 little legos
4 little 5 little 6 little legos
7 little 8 little 9 little legos
10 little legos stacked together

Lego Color Song:
sung to the tune of For He's a Jolly Good Fellow

I see a lego, I see a lego,
I see a lego,
And it is blue.
And it is blue, and it is blue
B-l-u-e, b-l-u-e, b-l-u-e
The lego is blue

I see a lego, I see a lego
I see a lego
And it is red
And it is read, and it is red
R-e-d, R-e-d, R-e-d
The lego is red.

I see a lego, I see a lego
I see a lego
And it is green
And it is green, and it is green
G-r-e-e-n, g-r-e-e-n, g-r-e-e-n,
The lego is green

I see a lego, I see a lego
I see a lego
and it is yellow
And it is yellow, and it is yellow
y-e-l-l-o-w, y-e-l-l-o-w, y-e-l-l-o-w
The lego is yellow

You can continue this song using different colors. This would be a great song to use your homemade felt board. Make legos out of different color felt and place each felt lego on the board as you sing about it.

Online Fun:

Lego online
You toddler will love playing Creative Builder at http://creative.lego.com/en-us/default.aspx

You and your toddler can get inspiration and ideas to build new lego creations at Lego.com

Check out these fun family activities on Lego’s website.

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