We’re still getting through the first reading lessons with our oldest, but math is following quickly.
I saw the most genius way to help kids learn math this weekend – LEGO. The boys got boxes of it for Christmas and we left them alone at the kitchen table to work through their sets. As they read the instructions, the most amazing thing happened – they were counting the nubbles on each piece to make sure they had the correct part.
Could it be we can teach kids math using LEGO? Yes!
You’ve got thousands of them. Kids love them. And it’s a tactile way to get them to use play for learning.
Tom has 3 watermelons, Joan has 5 watermelons, how many watermelons do they have? Just doesn’t have the same tangible learning as actually piling bricks on the floor to make a robot, truck, starship, or castle.
Bonus? LEGO bricks can help your kids learn fractions too. Check out the genius way you can get a head start on math and fractions using LEGO and get your kids on the fast track.
How To Teach Your Kids Math With LEGO 1 of 8
The nubbles on LEGO pieces make them perfect for math and fraction lessons, check this out:
Fractions 2 of 8
Here is a great representation of what fractions can look like. Get them to count the nubbles on the whole, and then compare them with the other fractions. When calling out for pieces to build sets, you can say "we're looking for a red quarter, or a green eighth" to help them understand what they look like and how they fit together.
1 Whole = 2 Halves 3 of 8
Make sure you use different colors so they can see the clear separations of how halves come together to make a whole and can see the separate pieces.
1/4 + 3/4 4 of 8
Always keep a whole piece over on the side so they know what kind of fraction they're adding. Sometimes that two prong can be a half, sometimes it can be a third, sometimes (as in this case) it can be a quarter.
Halves 5 of 8
You can show them how to reduce fractions to a lowest common denominator by explaining how two quarters is a half and so on.
Quarters 6 of 8
To perform simple math problems, you can show them how to add different pieces. Never mind the fractions, just show them that 3+1=4.
Thirds 7 of 8
If you want to break out from the 8 brick, you can show them thirds and how the double brick can also be 1/3 just as it can be 1/2.
1 Whole 8 of 8
My wife swears that had she learned this way it would have taken her a lot less than 41 years to finally understand fractions. LOL.
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