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. But here’s the thing…you can use Legos for so much more than just building. Don’t believe me? Read on for unique ways to play with Legos.
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 cars, people, and other unique pieces come in handy during this messy and art filled project.
Have a puzzle lover at home? Then print off a picture or one of their interests (characters such as the Octonauts or Paw Patrol are easy to find online, as are clip art photos of animals and objects such as kites and suns) 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
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. As your kids get older, you can then introduce the concept of patterns and have them use Legos to create patterns. The learning opportunities are endless!
The Lego Version
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
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