Maths with Lego


I am always looking for more ways of teaching maths in a tangible way to my kids. This is partly because one of the slight disadvantages of the French school system is that teaching is very academic. It is also because I want the children to understand at an early age how genuinely useful, fun and actually simple maths is. It is such an important lesson to know, because you suddenly understand why you are studying all this “nonsense”. Teaching math is not an easy task with my two – they would much rather disappear into the wonderful dreamland of their books, than think about numbers.

A friend of mine sent me this link which I love! A teacher did a brilliant layout of how to use lego to easily understand fractions and square number. The girls and I had a little session tonight working on fractions and it really worked.

Now it isn’t 100% fool proof – I went away to let the girls play around with their fractions and I came back and they had made excellent furniture for their lego houses with my 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 which they proudly showed me! … But I still think some information sank in. ; )



Comments (7)

January 22, 2016

Stimulates and anchors learning through multiple senses…..keeping learning fun.
Love it!!

x Emilie in Berlin

Kylie b
January 23, 2016

Great idea! I think I’ll do this with miss 7

Courtney in London
January 23, 2016

Love this idea! I might need to track down some Lego at the next charity shop we see. x

January 24, 2016

Thank you so much for sharing this.
Was just looking for a lesson on fractions.

January 24, 2016

only thing i would add is to keep one color if possible to isolate the operation

January 26, 2016

Love this, my son loves everything to do with Lego.

Photini Konnarides
May 3, 2016

You should look into Singapore Maths – it works on the principal of Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract. They use objects and then visuals when learning principals – very interesting and makes complete sense.

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