LEGO is huge at our house. Even if some of their marketing to girls efforts miss the mark (did you read this?), the toy is still amazing for boys and girls. LEGO is creative as well as great for spatial and fine motor skills. This LEGO game is super simple and is probably one of my favorite games for 3 year olds, it can easily be adapted using Duplo too! My kids play it often building on to their creations or making new ones. What I love about this game that wasn’t really part of the design was that it’s a great way to kick start LEGO creations.
When kids feel like building something but don’t know what to build this LEGO game acts as kindling. It helps start the fire for bigger ideas. Of course, layers are also working on subitizing skills (recognizing amounts without counting – on dominoes, dice, tally marks etc…) and number recognition. If that is your goal you could use multiple dice for older children. Have them add or subtract and match up the sum or difference to the numbered sections. It’s so versatile!
Gather your materials. You will need some LEGO or DUPLO, a divided tray or individual bowls, a die, and a permanent marker.
Fill the sections of your tray with different types of LEGO bricks. You can have your children help you sort them as well. Sorting is an important skill so any time you have to practice is worthwhile. I included a lot of mini figures because in my experience kids tend to create more stories with the figures and my daughter loves to make stories with her LEGO.
Once they are all sorted it’s time to play. Use the center section to roll the die and whatever number they roll is the type of brick they get to build with.
She was into it immediately.Soon she had an audience and hearing her explain the game to her dad was awesome. Understanding multiple steps is important and when she taught her dad she had all the steps down pat!
One of the great things about this activity is that there is no strict ending point. Kids can stop when they feel their creation is complete or pop it to the side and come back another day. Ours is STILL in our sunroom two weeks after getting it out. I find both my kids playing with it most days.
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