We are definitely a Lego loving family. On any given day our dining table is covered from end to end with R’s (4 yrs) latest creations. There are so many ways to play with Lego and we’ve been using it for lots of math and literacy games as well. When I created this **Lego math** game for R, I knew it would be a hit. R is a visual learner so this Lego game was perfect for his learning style.

To set up our **Lego math game** I printed out the numbers 1 through 20 and cut them into individual pieces. I also wrote a greater than/less than symbol on a piece of paper. I put the numbers into a bowl, along with twenty blue Lego bricks and twenty red Lego bricks. I added a Lego base board to the game and it was done.

R chose two numbers from the bowl. He placed one number on the left of the Lego base board and the second number to the right.

Next, he thought about which number was greater than the other, and positioned the greater than symbol appropriately.

After he had made his prediction about which number was larger, R began building his Lego towers to see if he was correct. He built a tower of blue bricks on the left, using the same number of bricks as was written on the number he had selected earlier. He then built a tower of red bricks, with the same number of bricks as the second number that he had selected earlier.

This gave him a clear visual representation of the mathematical equation, and he was easily able to see whether he had made the correct prediction.

R enjoyed this so much. He loves to learn about numbers, but adding Lego to the mix just made this even more fun for him. It was also quick and simple to put together – always a plus! We recently combined Lego with play dough to learn spatial awareness and letter recognition. I’ll share those activities in an upcoming post.

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Debs says

What a fun maths game, 🙂

Ness says

Thanks Debs. R really enjoyed it and it was a great visual learning tool.

Jackie Higgins says

Wow! Great idea! My boys love legos. My oldest will love this activity. Thanks!

Ness says

Thank you Jackie! Legos make everything fun don’t they? I hope your boys enjoy this as much as we did.

cool math games says

what a nice game, lego is very popular right now and my kids are longing to play it everyday

Aubrey @ Montessori Mischief says

Beautiful! Love the whole setup!

Vicky @ Mess For Less says

Love how you turned legos into a learning tool! Pinning!

Holli says

I LOVE this. So simple, but the visual representation and comparison is so great! (Sorry, I’m a former math teacher, I get a little excited about math activities for little ones.) And who doesn’t want to play with LEGOs? Thank you. I’m pinning this!

Ness says

Thank you Holli! No need to apologize – playful math makes me excited too!) Thanks for pinning.

Lisa says

I can also see this as a great lesson in beginning addition, without the symbols. You can stack one color of Lego blocks on the board, then match them to the written number. Do the same with another color Lego blocks, and then stack them together. Have the child count them all together (sum), and replace the number with the new one! Sure hope that made sense to you as it did to me!

Ness says

Yes that makes sense! Great idea, thanks Lisa!

Deb @ Living Montessori Now says

Your LEGO activities are fabulous, Ness! I featured your post and photo in my Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning Activities post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/06/20/free-lego-printables-and-70-plus-lego-learning-activities/

Jacqui says

Wonderful simple idea. Thank you so much for sharing it!!

Brooke says

I LOVE this idea!! Thanks for sharing. It would also make a great model for subtraction.

Brooke

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Elicia says

I love this idea! Sharing it and your link on Multiplication.com! Thanks so much!

Lindsey Whitney says

Saw this on facebook — what a good idea!

Missy says

My kids love LEGO too, so this is perfect! I had pinned this before and today I am planning to use it to teach my daughter about inequalities 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this great idea!

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