Making learning opportunities fun is one of the best ways to keep minds active during these unusual and challenging times. Because many of us are suddenly finding ourselves at home a lot more these days, there's an increased need for fun and educational home activities to keep our kids engaged - and Lego is a great tool for that!
I've found giving kids a regular type of activity in a structured way can help build part of a daily home routine that doesn't involve screens or time scrambling looking for an activity to do. So, if you're lucky enough to have a set of Lego bricks at home, this week I've come up with a 30-day challenge of Lego activities you can use to incorporate as part of your new daily routine at home. Keep on reading to find out the Lego challenges I've set out for my little ones and download a free copy for yourself too.
Firstly, you can do these challenges I've set with either the Duplo type of Lego bricks or the regular, smaller type, of Lego bricks without much 'fancy' extra parts needed. I've tried to keep things less complicated in case many of us don't have specific type of Lego bricks.
The thirty-day Lego challenge tasks that I've put together are broad enough that you can use with a variety of age groups. Having young ones at home, I wanted to make the tasks reasonably achievable as an independent activity so that I could use the time to get some chores or work done. I still have to step in from time to time (my kids are quite young) to guide them along the way. But, once they get going and have an idea of what to do, it's wonderful to see them thinking, building, problem-solving, and having fun at the same time!
30 DAYS of fun & educational Lego challenge activities to do at home
So here it is - a 30-Day Lego Challenge! Print the chart out below and pop it on the fridge or an organization board to keep track of tasks completed. Challenge your kids to complete one of these tasks every day this month. Make it a part of your daily routine.
You can download a copy of the chart below in color and B&W to print and put somewhere around the house.
One other thing to remember is that results will vary from child to child. The important part is to see that they are trying to solve the problem and to come up with a solution to the task. Be sure to praise their efforts even if the final result is not a perfect structure. To help them improve, reflect afterwards by asking them some questions about the challenge. Here are some reflection question suggestions:
1. What did you enjoy the most about this task?
2. What did you find the most challenging about this task?
3. Are you happy with what you have created? Why/Why not?
4. Explain your creation (for e.g. what part of the zoo is this area? Where would the astronauts enter the rocket?)
5. What problems did you experience and how did you fix them?
6. Is there anything you would do differently next time? If so, what?
I hope that these challenges will keep your kids learning and having fun while at home. I noticed that after my kids completed a building challenge, they would continue to use their imaginations to play with their creations - which is a win when trying to get some work done! So I hope that this
Please feel free to share photos of your creations in the comment section of this post, I'd love to see them!
A 21st century School Teacher, Mother, and Wife.
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