Lego is becoming increasingly popular among kids and they just love playing with them! Rather than continuously playing the conventional way, here are some “out of the box” Lego ideas for kids to do at home or play with friends!
My little one and I recently had a Lego adventure day and he really enjoyed this day because it was all about his favorite things! LEGO! I hardly ever play Lego with him because it’s hard for me to build things (he and Daddy are the engineers of the family).
Playing with Legos is a great way to build math and science skills, as well as learn about colors and numbers!
These ideas would work for a boring summer day, a Lego themed birthday party, or just any day that you need new ideas 😉
I drew a Hopscotch board on the concrete with sidewalk chalk, replacing the popular numbers with Lego dots.
Of course we used Lego pieces as our “rocks” and had tons of fun! After we played and jumped for a while, I called out numbers to M and he tried to get his marker on the corresponding square. It was challenging with the dots being there instead of numbers. This game is perfect for building those gross motor skills of hopping!
Lego Print Painting
Next, we painted with Legos. I put some paper down and filled a paper plate with a variety of colors. M used his Lego’s to create prints, much like stamping.
Things got messy and very fun! M got very creative. He made footprints with his Lego soldiers and then he began painting them. I love how much fun he had!
Lego Water Bath
When it’s hot outside and your Legos are covered in paint, it’s only fitting that you give them a bath. We filled a tub up with water and All-Natural Dish Soap and scrubbed, scrubbed, scrubbed! The challenge was finding all those Legos in the suds of soap! While playing he said, “I like to take my Legos a baf (bath)!”
I was seriously shocked at how mucky the water was when we were done. Our Legos may need to get a bath more often!
Frozen Lego sculpture
M’s favorite activity of the day was Frozen Legos. This morning I filled 2 small tuperware containers with water and a handful of Legos and froze them. They were ready by the afternoon which was perfect for our hot day!
It was SUPER cold! And M just thought it was the funniest thing to see his Legos trapped! He came up with all kinds of ways to get the ice to melt–slamming the ice down in the bucket, sliding the ice back and forth, holding it in his hands…
…and of course, taking a few licks! *Be careful with this one–don’t let your children suck on the ice cube if the Legos are loose*. M’s brick was still pretty solid, it was hot outside, and what’s sensory play without taste? What M really enjoyed was the imprints in the ice that the Legos left once they fell out. Great science activity, too! We talked about the different ways the ice could melt. And what it will turn into when it melts.
Next, came Lego Rainbow. I drew a rainbow on a sheet of paper and M filled the lines with corresponding colored Legos. Great for fine motor skills–it was hard to get those tiny Legos to stay on the lines. We unfortunately have no purple Legos so that line stayed blank.
I loved how beautiful it looks with the variety of Lego shapes and sizes! M even talked about light blue and dark blue colors and distinguished between the two. He said, “This was a great idea Mommy!”
The next game we did was Lego Patterns. Of course, we all know how important it is for children to understand patterning. I really liked this handout because it included a variety of patterns. You can print the handout HERE. I would recommend laminating the sheet so it can be reused.
Lego Hundreds Chart:
The next thing we did was a Lego Hundreds Chart, which can be found HERE! M was excited about this because he wanted to see if he had 100 Legos, although my living room is well aware that he has MORE than 100!
When he finished filling it up, we counted by 10’s until we got to 100. This is a great math skill to practice. And yes, we learned that he had more than 100 based on the amount of Lego’s left over.
It was really cool to see the different prints of the Legos. He used his Lego swords, blocks, car tires, and men’s feet.
Lego Sensory Bin:
M has been playing with his Rainbow Sensory Rice for weeks now and he’s been hiding buttons and other various trinkets inside the rice so he could seek and find them. Well, today we decided to add Legos to the rice bin! Of course, it provided hours of entertainment. He loved how the rice would get caught in the little spaces at the bottom of the Legos.
I hope this gives you a ton of Lego ideas for kids! Enjoy playing!
Erica Leggiero, M.S. Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 7 years. Erica is currently the director and teacher at a Preschool Enrichment Program in her area. Erica believes that young children learn best through play and exploration, and she is constantly looking for new and creative ways to incorporate learning through play. She embraces this belief in all of the activities she creates in her preschool classroom, and loves sharing them here on her blog. Erica has also co-authored the book, "Learn With Play" with other kid bloggers in the preschool field.