Bring STEM concepts to life as you inspire imaginative thinking and unstructured play by integrating STEM learning with LEGO® into your homeschool curriculum. By using bricks from LEGO Classic as a resource for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics projects, you will expand your student's critical thinking and problem solving skills beyond the standard textbook.
Integrating STEM Learning with LEGO Classic Creative Bricks
As a homeschool mom I'm always trying to make school as fun as possible, whether we're reenacting the civil war in silly fun costumes or blowing something sky-high with a crazy science experiment. After all, there's an importance in learning through play as research shows kids learn best when having fun. And, since play fuels healthy development in kids, the decision to introduce STEM learning with LEGO into our homeschool curriculum was easy.
We begin our brick building lessons with a fun, free play exercise to get our creative juices flowing. Exercises like building the world around you, using the bricks to tell a story, or even a simple tower building exercise like the one below, to begin and end with a favorite color minus the big antenna added at the end, are a sure-fire way to help kids come to decisions and formulate ideas faster and more clearly.
While discussing the possibility of time travel, Mitch built this plant time machine.
With prices for LEGO Classic sets ranging from $16.99 to $59.99, LEGO Classic sets are an affordable solution for families looking to add to an existing LEGO collection or inspire their child to try building in and out of the classroom.
To help you get inspired to bring LEGO's into the classroom, we're sharing some of our favorite STEM activities we use in our classroom. These simple activities are the perfect tasks to get you started on integrating LEGO's into your lesson plans.
- Law of Motion – Build an air powered LEGO car using a balloon.
- Solar System – Create the sun and planets with colored LEGO's and share a few interesting facts about each planet.
- Sundial Science – Place bricks on a flat surface to represent the hours on a clock. Build a tower of bricks (dial) in the center, and study the results.
- Build a Floating Boat – Test your engineering skills and build a LEGO boat that floats. Explore the concept of buoyancy by adding weight to you boat. How much weight can you add before it sinks?
- Build a Stable Bridge – Build a bridge that can support a cup of pennies. Will your bridge hold if you increase the span of the bridge or the amount of pennies?
- Build a LEGO Catapult – Learn about tension as you build a catapult to launch mini marshmallows.
- Counting – Count LEGO bricks into groups of 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, or even 10's to practice skip counting skills.
- Multiplying – With a LEGO brick equaling one group, have each child count the studs to find the equation and solve it. (Example: 3 LEGO bricks with 4 studs each (3 groups of 4) equals the mathematical equation 3×4, 3×4=12)
- Fractions – Combat fractions using brick studs. Mix and match various bricks to find the whole number.
- 1 whole = 1 – 4×2 brick (8 studs)
- 1/2 = 1 – 2×2 brick (4 studs)
- 1/4 = 1 – 1×2 brick (2 studs)
- 1/8 = 1 – single stud brick
You can even extend learning with LEGO's beyond STEM activities and take story time to the next level as make-believe comes to life when students construct lively scenes with LEGO bricks. Houses, vehicles and animals are all possible with LEGO Classic, as your child discovers his/her creative building skills.
Grace's story time friends inspired by the LEGO Ideas collection.
And if you happen to be running short on ideas, check out the LEGO Ideas booklet included for a little inspiration. In the booklet you can learn how to build anything from castles to animals, and even motorcycles.
From the classroom to the playroom, the possibilities are endless with a little out of the box thinking and imagination. And, since LEGO Classic spans so many different age groups there’s fun for all the family and imagination for every generation. You can find more LEGO Classic inspiration here, and don't miss the Upright Citizen Brigade 60 second video on YouTube to see what they built with Lego bricks.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.