Math with LEGOs

Did you know those colorful interlocking bricks your children love so much are more than just a construction toy? While the sight of LEGOs scattered about or the piercing pain from stepping on them is familiar to most parents, the fact that LEGOs are a useful and versatile math resource may not be. If you are looking for a way to teach your child a math concept in an engaging way, start with LEGOs! We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite LEGO math ideas.

Place Value
This hands-on approach only requires a few blocks and a dry-erase marker. Each block represents a place: ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands. The single block represents the tens place and the 4 block represents thousands. Use the blocks to explain how the biggest number must be at the bottom of the stack, building up to the smallest unit. Using the blocks helps your student visually see and experience place value.