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5 Ways to Play and Learn with LEGO and Playdough

Anna is here to share wonderful ideas on learning with LEGO and Playdough today.

LEGO and playdough are two of our favourite toys, so I have been looking for some fun ways to combine them and include some learning fun. They are both really versatile toys so the possibilities are endless. You can use shop bought play-doh or make your own using one of these simple playdough recipes.

Fun playdough activities using LEGO!

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LEGO and Playdough Activities:

Here are 5 fun ways to combine LEGO play with your playdough activities and a provide a fun and hands on way to learn for young children

Printing with LEGO to create letters is a great hands on way to work on letter recognition, or on building words. There’s lots of critical thinking as your boys work out which pieces would be best to use for each letter, and kinesthetic learning too.

Recreating LEGO sculptures in playdough This is a fun activity to work on visual processing, and children look at their original LEGO sculpture, process that information and recreate. There’s also lots of fun fine motor practice in both the LEGO building and the playdough building, which all strengthens those hand muscles ready to learn how to write.

Create a LEGO and Playdough Puzzle is a simple activity is a great way to combine playdough and LEGO to work on early maths skills like spacial awareness and shape recognition. You could make it more complicated by combining more LEGO bricks to make each shape print.

The LEGO and Playdough DIY Train Set activity combines yet another of my boys favourite things : trains! This is a great idea for younger children, since you are creating this with the larger sized duplo rather than the classic small LEGO pieces. What a fun way to use fine motor skills, and creativity

LEGO Playdough Mats There are lots of fun playdough mats you can find online to give variety to your playdough activities, and help with learning. These fun LEGO-themed playdough mats help children to work on their early numeracy skills like one to one correspondence. Print and laminate them for repeated use.

I hope you enjoyed these fun playdough and LEGO learning ideas. There are so many more ways you could combine these two classic toys. Why not challenge your children to see what other ideas and activities they can come up with using these materials.

If you have young children try: LEGO, What they Learn When They Play or 9 Dinosaur Activities for Toddlers and Their Big Brothers
Anna blogs about sensory play ideas and simple crafts and activities for kids at She is mum to three boys and is passionate about play. You can also find her on Pinterest.


Tuesday 10th of March 2015

I love these ideas - especially the Play Dough mats!


Monday 9th of March 2015

So much fun here! Both my boys loved playdough and lego, though I have to admit I never thought of combing the two. I might try making up some playdough for spring break and see if this would still be fun for my youngest. I think it will. :-)

Sheila Rogers

Monday 9th of March 2015

I hope you both have fun Alli!


Saturday 7th of March 2015

Love these ideas. It is fascinating how much children can learn when we use manipulatives that hold their attention. Love the letter making ideas!

Sheila Rogers

Monday 9th of March 2015

Thanks Marie, Anna put together a great group of ideas.


Saturday 7th of March 2015

Legos AND play dough? Two things we actually have on hand! ~Lee

Sheila Rogers

Monday 9th of March 2015

It's always great when you have supplies on hand!

Helen @ Peakle Pie

Saturday 7th of March 2015

What a great idea! Thank you for linking up with the Frugal Family Linky!