50+ Lego Unit Study Ideas

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LEGO® is so much more than just a toy. There are countless opportunities to use these “toys” for learning through play with your kids. If you’ve been on my site for more than just a few minutes than you know how important making learning fun is to me! Unit studies are also a great love of mine as well, so putting together a list of ways to create a Lego Unit Study made perfect sense!

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This list of LEGO® Unit Study Ideas is just a place for you to start. Don’t ever limit your homeschooling journey to what others say count as learning. Let this be a springboard of ideas to inspire you and your kids to incorporate Lego® into your homeschool every day!

50+ Lego Unit Study Ideas

Math 

  • Use them as counters for addition.

  • Young children can use bigger LEGO® bricks to learn colors.

  • Weigh and compare bricks.

  • Sort by color, size, and shape

  • Measure individual bricks, stack and measure height or length.

  • Create oversized numbers and math symbols for hands-on math work.

  • Demonstrate multiplication and division by creating arrays with them.

  • Create fractions with them.

  • Make a pattern with LEGO® and have your child duplicate it.

  • Write large numbers on sheets of paper, sort by how many studs each has.

  • Use them to teach ones, tens, and hundreds place by creating your own base 10 blocks.

  • Make a LEGO® clock to teach time.

  • Use bricks to make a bar graph, poll family and friends for data.

Geography/History/Social Studies

  • Research the history of LEGO®’s- Who invented them?When? What did the original box contain? When where they invented? Find it on a map.

  • Use legos to create a map, landmark, or famous person that you are studying.

  • Create a flag using LEGO®.

  • Make a LEGO diorama of a famous city or landmark.

  • Create a figure or the head of a famous person in history.

  • Make a volcano from blocks, use food coloring, vinegar, and baking soda to create a lava flow! (You get science and geography here!)

  • Create a topographical map of mountains, valleys, rivers, oceans, etc…

  • Create a tectonic plate model.

  • Make a timeline of history using LEGO® minifigs.

Science/Technology

  • Create a working scale or catapult.

  • Build a marble maze with LEGO® bricks and a baseplate.

  • Create the layers of the earth with bricks.

  • Make a human, plant, or animal cell.

  • Make a LEGO® sundial, take it outdoors and learn how to read it.

  • Create the planets and place them in order from Mercury to Neptune.

  • Build a model of the water cycle, label it.

  • Build different tree types- deciduous, coniferous. What are the differences?

Language Arts

  • Use LEGO® to create large letters for preschoolers to identify or let them build it themselves.

  • Write letters on the side of each brick and use them for spelling.

  • Research and write out what the word LEGO® means.

  • Write step by step directions on how to create a simple LEGO® build.

  • Give LEGO®-themed writing prompts- My Favorite Thing About LEGO® Is, The Best Thing I Ever Built From LEGO®, etc…

  • Write each part of a contraction on two bricks, the contraction as a whole on another and match them up.

  • Use LEGO® to help count out syllables in words.

  • Write words on each brick and have your child write sentences, have older children identify the various parts of speech.

Art

  • Recreate a famous work of art from LEGO®.

  • Make your own original art piece.

  • Use a large base and flat pieces to create a self-portrait.

  • Have younger children use the backside of bricks for stamping on paper.

  • Create a photo frame using LEGO®.

  • Design your dream home by drawing blueprints and then creating with Lego®.

Bible

  • Use minifigs and bricks to recreate a scene from your favorite story.
  • Create a Lego® scene for your next Sunday School class. 
  • Play Bible charades using Lego® creations.
  • Tell a story from the Bible using Lego® to your friends.

Music

  • Make instruments from each of the different families or groups.
  • Design your own Lego® band.
  • Create a music video using Lego®.

Holidays and Seasons

  • Design a display for each of the seasons throughout the year.

  • Make a Lego® decoration for the next holiday.
  • Create a scrapbook filled with photos of your Lego® creations from each month.
  • Use seasonal task cards for a fun family Lego® challenge.

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Lego® is something that kids don’t outgrow. They start using them as toddlers and continue building masterpieces long after their school days are passed. That’s why I love them. They don’t get old, are never unwanted gifts and don’t require getting rid of/donating. 

How do you incorporate Lego® into your homeschooling?

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