Painted Lego Math
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Kids learn best through hands-on activities. Any new material that is introduced needs to be presented concretely, prior to any abstract learning. A fun way to teach math skills is with Legos and paint! Both are generally popular with children, so they have a blast using the materials. I have included examples of counting, addition, and multiplication for beginners. Once these have been mastered, Legos can be added to make the problems more difficult. Other math skills can also be explored, such as division, skip counting, greater than and less than, and patterns, to name a few.
Total Time: About 2 hours for the paint to dry and 5-10 minutes per activity
Yield: 3 activities
- 3 half sheets of white construction paper
- finger paint (several different colors)
- paint brushes (one per paint color)
- 1+ markers
- 5-10 medium Legos
- 1 paint palette
- To practice counting, first have your child use paint brushes to paint the knobs of each Lego. Then they can stamp the Legos onto the page, with about two inches between each. You can help show them where to place the stamps. To get clear dots, it helps to hold the page down with one hand as you lift the Legos off with another. It keeps the paint from smearing. After the paint dries, your child can count each section of dots and write the number below.
- To practice addition and counting by twos, help your child stamp Legos with different amounts of knobs onto a page. Then your child can write and add how many dots are in each set. Once counting by twos is mastered, you can stamp sets containing more than two rows.
- To practice multiplication, have your child count and write how many dots are vertical and horizontal. Using different colors helps them not get the numbers mixed up. Then, have them write a multiplication equation reflecting each set of dots. As with the addition activity, additional rows and columns can be added to make the activity more difficult.
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