Imagine if you took a more hands-on approach to teaching! Using Legos in your homeschool or for helping your struggling learner with their school work, teaching math facts with Legos will quickly engage a child and help them learn the foundation of math so quickly and effectively.
How to Teach Math Facts With Legos
Hands-on learning is so much fun for kids that they feel like they are playing, verses learning. This learning box is a perfect one for kids to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
It is really important to use the same color for different parts when you teach math facts with Legos, because it will help identify the parts for the child to know how to build the facts and learn the answers. To use Legos in teaching, you will need to have a black permanent marker and a magic eraser to clean them off when you are wanting to create more OR you can be sure to purchase a large supply of Lego Duplos to do all the facts and create a large learning box for math drills.
Green Lego Bricks
Put one number on only ONE side of each brick, starting with 0 through 10 or 12. These will be used for the ‘Math Family’ when you teach math facts in groups. So when learning how to add by 2, you would use the ‘2’ green Lego brick. When learning to multiply by 9, you will use the ‘9’ green Lego brick.
Red Lego Brick
You will need 4 red Lego bricks. On ALL SIDES of three bricks write the numbers 1-12 and on the last red brick write ‘0’ on all sides. This will be the number that you are adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing with the ‘Math Family’ green bricks.
Yellow Lego Brick
You will need 13 bricks (or more if you are making a large learning box verses a focus on smaller ‘math families’). You will write the answers to the math problems for the FOUR ‘math families’ being practices. In the above photo, these are the answer for multiply by ‘6’ and by ‘7’. You can have the child practice skip counting by putting this in order. Once they have mastered this, they can move on to building the facts on their own.
Blue Lego Brick
You will need two blue bricks. On one of the blue bricks, write an addition sign on one side, a subtraction sign on another side, a multiplication sign on the third side and a division sign on the fourth side. The child will turn these to build their math facts with Legos.
Teaching Two Facts at the Same Time
Addition is the opposite of subtraction and multiplication is the opposite of division. If your child is taught this while you teach math facts with Legos, they will be able to quickly see solutions to these facts and build the gap for any challenges they are having or master the math facts quickly.
When a child builds ’42’ divided by ‘7’ equals ‘6’. They can also turn the blue ‘fact’ brick around and build ‘6’ multiplies by ‘7’ equals ’42’. This will help with addition and subtraction as well. The faster a child learns this important fact about math, they easier it is for them to master the math facts.
In the photo directly above, the child can build ‘9’ minus ‘4’ equals ‘5’. They can also use these same bricks to build ‘4’ + ‘5’ equals ‘9’.
I’m sure your child will not only LOVE to build math facts with Legos, but will build confidence quickly, improving their math skills incredibly.
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