We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: LEGO® Bricks are for way more than playtime! They can stimulate your kids’ critical thinking skills in so many ways. Here are just a few ideas that you can do together – quickly and easily – at home. They’ll have so much fun, they won’t even mind that they’re stretching their minds!
Storytelling: Create scenes from books you’re currently reading. Or, create an original scene, completely from your imagination, and then tell a story about what you’ve made. Alternately, have one person create the original scene and the other person tell the story!
Speed round: Create an item with a pre-determined number and type of pieces. Set a timer, and quickly do your build. Then start over and try it again! Do several rounds and go on to discuss which was your favorite and why. Compare and contrast what you created each time with the same inventory.
Guessing games: Create an item and give your player 10 or 20 questions to ask before they have to guess what you made. Take turns being the builder and the guesser.
Take it further: Build a complicated pattern, and see if your child can continue it correctly. See if they can make a pattern to stump you!
Mirror, mirror: Have your child create the symmetrical, mirror image of a pattern you make. Again, switch places and mirror their creation.
Listen carefully: Build a partition between you and your child. While you build a simple structure, have them follow only your verbal instructions to create an identical one. Compare when you’re finished. Do they look the same? Change roles and let your child be the one giving the commands. They’ll see how important clear directions are!
Any of these activities provide a great way to have fun with your kids and be brainy at the same time. For more great ways to have fun and learn with LEGO® Bricks visit our Bricks 4 Kidz website!