Keeping kids away from gadgets and television is quiet a task for parents. No matter what all toys I get for my kid, he is forever asking me for TV. I usually come in his angelic requests that borders on blackmails. While I am always juggling with work and life, I want my kid to be around, be safe and do something that will help him develop his learning mind. It pains to see him sitting idly in front of TV. SO after a lot of research I figured out that I can use his Legos to help him learn English, Maths, Numbers and what not! Lego is so incredibly versatile that I think it is the greatest invention after wheel and fire.
Here are 5 ways to engage your kids without getting them hooked to TV or a gadget.First things first, ask your kid to sort the legos in different boxes as per colors so that it is easy to use and play. This will help them develop eye and hand coordination.
- Activity No 1 – Hands on learning is a very effective way to convert playtime into learning time. This activity will take only few minutes to prepare wherein your kids will learn numbers recognition. Use a marker to write numbers in numeric, alphabets and put a dot for each number on these Lego pieces. Ask your child to arrange them.
- Activity No 2 – This is an excellent way to make your kids learn upper and lower case alphabets through Lego. Since it is a daily activity now in our house so I have combined the Lego Classic box and Duplo sets. I picked up a base plate and created the alphabets A, B, C, D, E in upper and lower case and put it in from of him. he was excited to see that and created the rest of it as a puzzle.
- Activity No 3 – A great way to develop your kids fine motor skills and creativity. Ask them to stack up buildings, trees, water bodies and have fun with lego. Kids usually love their own creations and are proud about it.
- Activity No 4 – Another way to help your kids learn to read is to take a marker and write the numbers in words. Ask them to arrange it. A fun way to learn with lego.
- Activity No 5. Word family building is a creative way to encourage your child to hear and see patterns in reading.What is important here is it allows children in reading by grouping sets of letters or words.
These activities of learning with lego are organised by grade level from preschool through high school. Although many activities can be adapted from older to younger kids.Hope you liked reading and watching these activities. Write to me if it helped your kid in some or the other way.
Watch all the fun we had at Legoland California here.