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Lego Movie Should Win Oscar AND Gold Medal

We just got to see the Lego movie; I won’t give away any secrets and spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it, but in my opinion, it needs to win both a gold medal and an Oscar. Plus, after watching it, kids will be even more inspired to play and create with Lego, and grownups too. Lego supports all kinds of fun, kindergarten readiness and learning. Younger children can use the larger Duplo. Not only is it easier for little hands, it doesn’t seem to attack adult feet.

early learning with lego and duploOne of the most obvious ways that Duplo supports early learning is by encouraging lots of manipulation. Very young kids will start by holding the blocks which are just right for hands. Even the action of picking them up will require eye-hand coordination. Kids will move on to connecting the blocks, stacking them, putting them side-by-side or end-to-end, and balancing them. Taking blocks apart is good exercise for hands too. Sometimes, this involves twisting, prying, turning, and asking for help from grownups.

The development of the small muscles comes after the development of the larger body muscles. As kids move and are active throughout the day, they strengthen their big motor coordination and skills. Developing the fine motor skills needs opportunities for practice, such as puzzles, finding small objects in sensory bins, and building and construction toys. Once children have improved their coordination, they can enjoy using the small Lego blocks.

Another action that kids like to do with blocks is, of course, knocking them over. For children, doing is often more important than having, so knocking something over can add to the fun. As long as it’s their own creation, it’s usually acceptable. If it belongs to a brother or sister, or a friend at daycare or playschool, there may be some other reactions and emotions.

What other actions does Lego or Duplo encourage for your child?

Build Early Learning & Kindergarten Readiness with LEGO

This month, Lego celebrated the anniversary of its patent, granted in 1958. The name Lego comes from the Danish ‘leg godt’ which means ‘play well’. That’s certainly what kids do, and not just kids.  Kids and adults all over the world play and learn with Lego.

Lego Club - First Time
Lego Club – First Time

Tremendous fun, Lego can help kids develop critical thinking and kindergarten readiness skills. For instance:

  • manipulating, connecting, stacking, balancing, etc. This strengthens the small muscles in hands and fingers and gives children the opportunity to develop eye-hand coordination.
  • visualizing, that is making pictures in the mind. As an adult, have you ever had to look at an object and then had to choose from 3 or 4 pictures what it would look like from the other side? This is quite a challenge and this skill develops from lots of experiences and play.
  • Lego at the Fair
    Lego at the Fair

    exploring space and measuring. Blocks of some sizes might fit in a space but some will be too big or too small. That’s also spatial manipulation.

  • counting and making groups, matching sizes and shapes. These are early math skills.
  • creating and imagining. These are powerful skills, at the very heart of innovation, that begin when kids play.
  • solving-problems, organizing and planning. We often consider these as “work” skills but, to kids, they are fun and part of play.

When children play with these Legos or Duplos, they practice negotiating, cooperating and other social skills. Kids are using language to express themselves, explain, and ask questions. Both boys AND girls enjoy playing with these toys!!  For a play-of-the-day fun activity can your child make some learning and kindergarten readiness connections with Lego?