Play based learning is such a powerful way to engage young minds. Here's 5 fun ways to use building bricks to help your littles learn their numbers!
Materials Needed:- Building bricks- we used Mega Bloks, DUPLOs & LEGOs
1. Roll & Build Towers
This is such a simple and hands on way to practice number recognition and counting. Take it in turns to roll the dice and add the correct number of bricks to your tower.
We were lucky enough to have the option of building vertical or horizontal towers which added a fun twist.
It's great how in this activity you can use the most appropriate size of brick for your child.
2. Roll, Build, Count & Write
A fun way to introduce number formation to reluctant learners is to get them writing on bricks with dry erase markers. Simply roll the dice, stack up that many bricks, count them, and then write on the numbers.
3. Addition Strips
To challenge older kids, try using building bricks as counters to work on addition. Roll the dice two times, each time making a strip / line of the correct number of bricks.
Once there are two strips, ask your kid to add them together and attach the correct number of bricks to form a new strip. This could also work well for subtraction.
4. Dice Dots
Roll the dice, count the dots, and recreate it using building bricks. So simple to set up! Kids will enjoy the hands on nature of copying the dot pattern from the dice.
5. Make Up Your Own Numeracy Game!
This isn't a cop out, trust us, your kids will love this one most of all. Leave out the tray of materials and challenge them to come up with a numeracy game of their own. Our kids spent ages testing out different ideas such as a tower building race, building numbers out of bricks, and rolling the dice to race from one side of the baseplate to the other. Try not to interfere with your kids' creative process. Allowing them the freedom to test out their ideas is supporting their development more than you know!
Simplicity is key here! With few materials and quick set ups, these numeracy activities are perfect for some quiet time learning at home, without sacrificing the fun.
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