Learning Math With Legos

learning math with legos

Part two of the Lego Learning Series is learning math with legos.  The sight words activity was such a big hit last week that it was only right to try this out. Because my girls are 3 and 6, this post is for those age groups. If you have bigger kids, you can definitely tweak this to best suit your needs. All you need is flash cards, megabloks, and a dry erase marker. If you don’t have megabloks at home, you can purchase them from Amazon here.

Number recognition with legos
Learning math with legosThis first activity is for 2-4 year olds.. You don’t really need flashcards for this, but if your toddler is as active as mine, the cards definitely help with keeping their attention. I recommend starting with counting first. You can go to 10 or 20 depending on your child’s age and skill level.  Counting first helps your little one get in the groove of things. It also helps you as the parent see exactly what numbers you need to work on.

Let your child choose a flash card. Count the images on the card with them, then let them match the number of legos with the number on the flash card. It’s a pretty simple and effective way to teach number recognition.

Addition and Subtraction 

Adding and subtracting with legos is fairly easy. Start with writing a problem down on paper or a dry erase board. Use the legos as visual aids for each problem. For example, in the problem above, I wrote 1+2=3. I used a single, double,and triple megablok as the visual for the problem so that my daughter could understand exactly how one plus two equals three.

subtraction with legosYou’ll do the same thing for substraction. Write the problem, arrange the megabloks,  and use the blocks to explain the problem.

You can also put the blocks together to further demonstrate.

With back to school season upon us, we have to do our parts as parents to make sure our little ones stay on top of the learning curve. Practicing the basics at home, will help them master the big stuff at school !

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Hi, I’m Chantal. I’m a mom of two, self proclaimed naturalista, and Author of Growing Girls With Curls: Short Stories For Girls of Color. Being a mom is hard. Pair that with being a single, black, millennial in America and it’s a whole different monster. Feel free to join my mailing list and follow along as I blog through this crazy thing called life.

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  1. September 4, 2017 / 5:29 am

    I am an urban educator. I love when people find innovative ways to educate our youth. They are more hands on and visual than we acknowledge sometimes.

    • Chantal
      September 4, 2017 / 10:03 am

      Thank you !!

  2. August 31, 2017 / 9:16 am

    I don’t have any kids yet but plan to and this is definitely something I hope to remember to use!

  3. August 30, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    I don’t have children but I think this is a great teaching tool especially since children enjoy playing with leggos. I would def use this idea,.

    • Chantal
      August 31, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Thank you for reading !

  4. August 30, 2017 / 8:17 am

    This is such a smart idea. My daughters is 5 and I’m totally going to use this concept to teach her math.

    • Chantal
      August 30, 2017 / 11:03 am

      I’m sure she will love it!

  5. August 30, 2017 / 3:01 am

    This looks like a great activity to teach kids math. But math was always my favorite subject do that might be a biased opinion. Lol

    • Chantal
      August 30, 2017 / 11:09 am

      Lol I hated math growing up and I think my six year old feels the same. Thank you for reading 🙂

  6. August 29, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    This is a fabulous way to make learning fun! You are so right we as parents, aunts & uncles have to do our part to make sure the littles succeed in school.

    • Chantal
      August 30, 2017 / 11:10 am

      It’s important. We can’t always depended on the teachers to teach them everything they’re supposed to. Thank you for reading 🙂

  7. August 29, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    Moms rock! And leggos were everything growing up! I appreciate your creativity with your kids! It definitely helps with the east and fun of learning!

    • Chantal
      August 29, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you so much for reading.

  8. August 29, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    This is a cute way to learn math! I love the pink leggos!

    • Chantal
      August 29, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you for reading!

  9. August 29, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    I love this idea! I’m a math teacher, and knowing that this is happening at home, I feel good about future students

  10. Kiwi
    August 29, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    This is a great idea. I this leggos could be a great learning tools for toddlers to get familiar with math.

  11. August 29, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    This is an interesting way to learn Math
    I wish I had these in my days

    • Chantal
      August 29, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      Thank you for reading 🙂

  12. August 28, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    This is so cool. I think I’ll try this with my gbaby. She loves legos.

  13. August 28, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    What a great idea! And its super simple too! I may have to invest in Lego’s because of this!

  14. August 28, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Very cool! We homeschool and I wish I’d taught these concepts using Legos. Great idea!

    • Chantal
      August 28, 2017 / 12:56 pm

      Thank you! Thanks for reading 🙂