LEGO math makes learning to count fun. This skip counting activity uses LEGOs for hands-on learning. We at Kids Activities Blog love to build with LEGOs so we are excited to share this great math LEGO activity with you.
When children are first learning to count, they start with 1 2 3.
As they master counting by ones, children are ready to add counting by 2’s to their math knowledge bank. Lego math is a fun place to start. Legos are a great tool to use to work on counting or skip counting by 2’s.
We started our Lego math lesson on skip counting by digging through a bin of Legos we had in my son’s closet to find the Legos we used above. The goals was to find long rod or long rectangular Legos, rectangluar Legos and squares. While we were digging through the bin, we were actually conducting a shape hunt. That wasn’t the plan but, it was a great way to do a quick review.
Once we had a wide variety of Lego blocks in a pile on the kitchen table, we searched for a block that had two studs. (I searched for the official term for the bumps on the top of Lego and found they were called studs.) After finding one, we placed it on a white construction paper work space.
We then counted on by twos and found the next number was four. Then we searched for the blocks with four, six and then eight studs. Each time we talked about how we were adding two.
When we got to the number ten, it wasn’t possible to find one block to use. We had to look through the pile to find a group of blocks that we could use that would equal two. There were actually two ways to make ten with the blocks we had in our pile. It was fun to discuss which one to use. The numbers twelve and fourteen had to be made using a group of blocks too.
The number sixteen didn’t need a group. We surprisingly had a block with the correct number of studs on it.
You may find that you don’t have to create groups for any your numbers. If you have a large collection of Legos, you may have blocks for each number you are working on.
Once we created our Lego skip counting line up, we practiced skip counting. We practiced in several ways. We clapped as we said each number, touching the blocks as we counted. Finally we tried saying the numbers very fast and very slow.
This lesson was just an introduction to skip counting. We will be pulling out the Legos and skip counting again.
More Kids Activities
Have you tried teaching with LEGO math? You can use LEGOs for skip counting but also subtraction, multiplication, and even division. For more LEGO and math kids activities, take a look at these ideas: