How to Play with Legos

LEGOS. Annoying to step on, difficult to keep track of, expensive….but oh so much fun. The minute the Lego bin is pulled out in our house, just about everyone gets on the floor and starts building, no matter the age. We have contests to see who can build the tallest tower, who can use only one type of piece of Lego, and of course, who can demolish a Lego structure in the most awesome way.

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But here’s the thing…you can use Legos for so much more than just building. Don’t believe me? Read on.

Lego Painting

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Who needs paint brushes when you have Legos? Dipping Legos of all sizes in a paint palette and using their unique texture to create prints is the perfect way to create artwork dedicated to the always awesome Lego.

Lego Puzzle

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Have a puzzle lover at home? Then print off a picture or one of their interests (in our house, “Octonauts” reign supreme) and use strong packaging tape to adhere it to a simply built Lego structure. Then use a sharp knife or scissors to cut the tape, basically creating an outline of each brick so that the Lego structure can be broken apart without the taped on picture falling off. After a few uses or if the picture starts to fall off, simply print off a new one!

Lego Color Matching

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To teach my boys their colors, from primary ones to what “shades of color” entails, I used their beloved Legos and simple construction paper. After taping different colored paper to the floor, I would hand them a Lego and ask them to match the block with the correct color. To make this color matching more advanced, we used multiple shades of green and blue.

The Lego Version

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Taking some inspiration from some of the amazing Lego creations we have come across while out and about, my boys have taken to creating their own Lego versions of some of their favorite toys. As I mentioned earlier, they are seriously OBSESSED with “Octonauts,” so they are constantly trying to replicate the Octopod. I think they did a great job matching the colors and overall structure of the complicated submarine, don’t you?

Legos in the Real World

What’s even better than playing with Legos at home? Playing with other people’s Legos!

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Here are the best places to do that:

Lego land Chicago

Local Libraries

 

Still looking for more? Here are my favorite posts about Legos from Kids Activities Blog, one of the best resources for parents:

Easy Ways to Store and Organize Legos by Color

12 Genius Lego Table Hacks

75 Fun Lego Activities

 

 

Happy Playing!
Amanda
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Comments

    • amandasimkin says

      I can’t wait to see what my boys will come up with when they are older. Having a LEGOLAND nearby is definitely an inspiration for older builders!

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Those are all really creative ways to use Legos other than building with them. I think my kids would love to paint with them.

  2. Tennille says

    I’ve been hesitent to get my sons started with legos (ages 2 1/2 and 4 1/2) but those projects look like so much fun I may just have to give in and get some legos! :o)

  3. joseph says

    It is great to see some of the toys that I played with as a child are still popular today. Legos will be around for generations to come.

  4. Mhie Lee says

    Great idea.My daughter is big fan of Lego. In fact she has a huge collection and keeps adding. I love Lego’s my daughter can played all day long if I let her to do it.

  5. Herchel S says

    I have never understood friends of mine who tell me Legos are not allowed in their homes. Legos help teach kids all sorts of things including creativity, resourcefulness, and engineering! I call my cousin “lord business” because she actually uses the kragle on her son’s legos!

  6. Liz Leiro says

    What amazing ways to make Legos educational in unassuming ways! I especially love the challenge of creating a replica of their favorite toys/characters. You’ve really changed my view of those colorful bricks! 🙂

  7. Franc Ramon says

    When we were kids, we were given a fresh set of legos and we’d build whatever we want it to be. It can be a lego town or a space station. It really helps people be creative.

  8. Reginia Cordell says

    Legos are such a pain if stepped on, ouch.

    I’ve never thought to use Legos are a painting tool or puzzle. I will definitely share this on my school ideas Pinterest Board.

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