How to Teach Math Facts with Legos

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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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Counting by Tens with Legos

I love using Legos in homeschooling, so I wanted to share with you a fast way to teach your child how to easily learn counting by tens with Legos.  I have found that children love using their hands while learning new things and this learning box activity is the perfect way to learn how to count by tens.

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Counting by Tens with Legos:

I use Lego Duplo brinks to put this activity together.  You will need 10 big ones with the same color and 10 small ones in a different color.

Using a black sharpie to write on the Duplos. Don't worry, you can use a magic eraser to remove the writing when you are finished learning this activity.

On the small Duplos write the tens (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100) on them.

On the large Duplos write the tens facts on each (1X10, 2X10, 3X10… 10X10) on them.

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Stack by Tens

For this activity, have your child pull out all the small Duplos. The first few times of them doing this activity, you may have to help them.  Point out that to count by tens, you only add a ‘0' to the number. If they can count from 1-10, this information will really click and help them to master it quickly.

Have them stack the numbers starting with 10 and building up to 100.

Have them stack backwards and start at 100 and build to 10.

Master the skill fun can be timing how quickly they do this!

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Stack the Facts

Once they have mastered the Stack by Tens, have them add the larger Duplos and match up the multiplication fact with the answer.  Again, teaching that we just add a ‘0' to the number to count by ten will help this to be mastered quickly. This activity can help learn this quickly.

Once they have matched all the numbers with their multiplication fact, have them build a tower from 10 to 100.  Then have them build it from 100 to 10.

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Multiplication and Skip Counting

The last way to use this counting by tens with Legos activities is to stack the multiplication and match the answers to the side.

Make it like an evaluation and mix the large ones all up and stack them out of order. Time the child and see how quickly the can stack the answers next to the large ones.

I hope this gives your child some excitement in math, even if they lack the desire to learn.


 

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How to Teach Numbers with Legos

Hands-on learning is very effective way to turn playtime into learning time. This learning box activities takes only a few minutes to set up and will allow your children to learn number recognition, and learn to count while you teach numbers with Legos.

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What preschooler wouldn't love to learn their numbers with these colorful Legos and using their hands to build at the same time.

How to Teach Numbers with Legos

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Use Permanent Marker and Flash Cards

With a permanent marker, write the numbers on one color. On a second color write the number word and then on a third color add one dot for each number. If you make a mistake or want to recycle your Legos for other projects just use a Magic Eraser to remove the permanent marker easily.

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Place a Few Options in View

Once you have the Legos marked and flash cards ready to teach the numbers, you will want to place a few options in view for the preschooler.  My preschooler loves to sort by colors, so I position the Legos by colors. He likes to work with one color at a time, so we start with his favorite color… yellow!  These are the numbers, so it works perfectly with the flash cards that we use for this learning bin.

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Identify and Build Each Color

Once he has placed the number on each of the cards, he then works with the next colors that have the number words and number dots on them.  As he identifies where each Lego goes, he then places them on the card and builds it with the Legos already there. He works on numbers 1-5 first and then numbers 6-10 to keep him from being overwhelmed by the options.

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Store Legos and Flash Cards in a Plastic Bin

One way to make it easy to teach numbers with Legos is to keep them in a plastic bin when they are not being used. My preschooler loves to take his work apart and put them back in the bin for next time.

Recently, I share How to Teach the Alphabets with Legos and other ways to use Legos to teach homeschooling. In this post, I will share how I teach numbers with Legos. 

How to Teach the Alphabet with Legos

Teach the alphabet with hands-on learning is a great way to engage children to learn through play. This learning box is easy to put together and can easily be done by a two or three year old, with a little help at the beginning.

 

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Using Legos to teach is a great for way to increase learning effortlessly, which is why I was inspired to create a way to teach the alphabet with Legos.

Any preschooler would love to learn their alphabet with colorful Legos and using their hands.

Here is How to Teach the Alphabet with Legos

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Use Permanent Marker and Flash Cards

With a permanent marker, write a upper case letter on a bigger Lego and a lower case letter on a smaller lego. If you make a mistake or want to recycle your Legos for other projects just use a Magic Eraser to remove the permanent marker easily.

I used yellow for the vowels and alternated red, green and blue for the consonants. Be sure to write the alphabets just like the flash cards you are choosing to use, so the child can easily identify the Lego that matches the cards.

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Place a Few Options in View

Once you have the Legos marked and flash cards ready to teach the alphabet, you will want to place a few options in view for the preschooler.  My preschooler loves to sort by colors, so we pulled out a few cards and several of the Legos within the color that he wanted to work on. He was quickly making his matches and placed his finished Legos on top of the flash cards. He absolutely loved me to teach the alphabet this way and was thrilled to pick them up at the end of our learning time.

Store Legos and Flash Cards in a Plastic Bin

One way to make it easy to teach the alphabet with Legos to preschoolers is to keep them in a plastic bin when they are not being used. My preschooler was happy to take his work apart and put them back in the bin for next time.

The Preschool Journey

 


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How to Utilize Legos in Home School

 

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Legos can provide hours of fun, creative and learning for boys and girls.  If you homeschool or utilize learning ideas to supplement your children's learning, you may need some great ideas to use these great tools into your child's learning!

Here is how to utilize legos in home school:

Narrations 

Since the time my oldest son was little, I would assign him building of his narrations.  When we studies Christopher Columbus, he and my other children built the three ships and told me their names, along with details from their voyage. The lead photo is of the battle at the Alamo! 

Pinterest is an inspiration to me for great ideas and I would love to share with you some of my ‘pinspiration' that I will be utilizing legos in our home school this coming year…

Early Learning

Language Arts

Geography

Math

Science

Reading


Bible


Storing Your Lego Instructions

 

 

 

 

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