Do you think your kids would like to use TOYS to learn MATH? Most do, and it’s a good thing! There are multitudes of math concepts for kids from preschool to high school, that can be explained or reinforced with the use of blocks and LEGO® Bricks.
In the early stages of child development, kids learn counting and can practice it with colorful LEGO® Bricks. Young children can also use LEGO® Bricks to measure items (How many blocks long is the book? How about the table?) and compare items (Which is longer, the book or the table? How many blocks longer is it?).
LEGO® Bricks can be put together to create patterns. Children can predict which color will come next in the pattern and add it on. A series of blocks can be numbered with a marker, deconstructed and then put back together to help learn number sequence. They are perfect for creating bar graphs to represent information they’ve collected. Children can demonstrate knowledge of symmetry, with a simple set-up for young children and more complicated configurations for older kids.
Many math concepts are best taught visually. Fractions can be hard for students to understand on paper. They can select appropriate sized LEGO® Bricks to illustrate different fractions and their equivalents, as demonstrated here. Another concept that is best explained in a visual, hands-on way is addition and subtraction with regrouping. This can be a tough skill to master, and a concrete way of experiencing it can create a deeper understanding of WHY we regroup.