Today, we’re happy to be part of a launch for an amazing new book called The Unofficial Guide to Learning With LEGO®! This awesome resource is full of more than 100 activities using LEGO® bricks – perfect for keeping those kiddos busy all summer long!
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As pediatric therapists, we love using LEGO® bricks for all kinds of activities that can promote developmental skills in kids. And, while the fine motor benefits of using them is obvious, today we wanted to explore a fun new way to use LEGO® bricks for whole body movement!
Working on a vertical surface is one of our favorite ways to target a huge range of skills and today’s activity makes working on a vertical surface even more fun by using LEGO® bricks! Let’s get started!
What You’ll Need:
-Several large LEGO® Baseplates
–Velcro or Mounting strips
-A bin full of LEGO® bricks
-Printable LEGO® pattern cards
What to Do:
Mount your LEGO® baseplates on a vertical surface using the mounting strips or Velcro. Mount them at varying heights from the ground, so the child would have to squat or bend to reach the lowest plates and stand on tiptoes to reach the highest ones.
Place the bin of LEGO® bricks on the ground near the baseplates. Provide each child with a pattern card and challenge them to replicate the pattern using the LEGO® bricks on one of the baseplates.
How to Change it Up:
-Change the location of the bin of LEGO® bricks. Place it at the top of a set of stairs so the child has to go up and down the stairs as well as bending or reaching for the LEGO® baseplates.
Place it on a high stool so the child has to reach for the LEGO® bricks and then bend or squat to place them on the lower baseplates.
Place the bin at one end of an open space and have the child grab a LEGO® brick and ride a scooter to place it on a low baseplate.
-Have two or more kids racing to complete their patterns on two different baseplates.
-Instead of using the pattern cards, try a direction-following game! Have two kids race against each other as you call out a LEGO® brick color and tell them which plate to put them on. For example: “Red LEGO® brick, high plate!” or “Green LEGO® brick, low plate!”
-Or, take direction-following out of the equation and have kids race to simply fill up the whole baseplate with LEGO® bricks!
Now, let us tell you a little bit about this great new book! The Unofficial Guide to Learning With LEGO® is available in both a downloadable ebook format and a print copy on Amazon.
If you have a LEGO® lover at your house, you don’t want to miss out on the creative activities in this book. From fine motor to visual motor to cognitive and academic skills, you’ll find something for everyone! Kids will love paging through the colorful pictures and choosing their favorite activities to try.
And now through July 12, you can get the The Unofficial Guide to Learning With LEGO® ebook on sale for only $11.95 (regular price $14.95)!
What are your favorite ways to play with LEGO® bricks? Leave a comment below!
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Heather MacNeil says
Fun activity! Adding gross motor movement to the building challenge is a great idea.