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How To Encourage and Enhance Learning With LEGO

Have you ever wondered how you can take your child’s LEGO obsession and turn it into a way for them to learn even more?

Today we are talking about ways to encourage and enhance learning with LEGO.

LEGO is a natural learning tool but you can help them even more by following the tips below.

We have several other LEGO Learning ideas here on the site as well and are planning to add more.

Use these tips and you will be helping your child learn in a fun and engaging way.

Have you ever wondered if you could take your child's obsession with LEGO and help him find engaging ways to learn while playing? If so, this is the article for you. Actionable tips that you can use to encourage and enhance your child's learning with LEGO.

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How To Help Your Child Learn Through Using LEGO

If you have been reading this website for a while you know that we are huge LEGO fans.

There are many learning opportunities through LEGO play such as: creativity, patterns, construction techniques, working in 3D, spatial reasoning, problem solving and more. I am suggesting taking that general learning and finding a few worthwhile ways to encourage and enhance it.

Your child is already into LEGO and you can take his learning with LEGO even further with these simple ideas. When we can encourage them in their learning through a toy with big appeal it is a win-win situation.

Encourage and Enhance Learning With LEGO:

Try these simple ideas to take LEGO to the next level. All of them are easy and they all help boys to move forward with their learning.

Time and Freedom

  • Give them plenty of time to play. Playing with LEGO is a wonderful way to learn – read more about it in What They Learn When They Play.
  • Leave them alone 🙂 Seriously, don’t interfere. Let them dump out the LEGO and build. Be there if they need you but let them play their way.
  • Give them freedom to build whatever their little heart desires. We want them to develop their building skills but just as importantly their creativity and imagination skills.

Mistakes and Play

  • Let them make mistakes. Don’t fix things for them. Ask them how they want to fix any issues that come up. (problem solving, creative thinking, dealing with frustration . . .)
  • Help them to be comfortable making mistakes. Make sure they understand that mistakes lead to learning and new ideas!
  • Let them try a few LEGO Designs which allow them to follow directions. Have them play around with the design to make it their own.
  • If they want you to play with them, design things together. Try to make trees, or a house, or your pet. Spend time playing with them. It doesn’t matter what the end result is as long as you are playing around, learning with LEGO, and spending time together.

Adding LEGO Resources & Experiences

  • Buy more bricks! Yes, I know you are likely cringing as you hear this but the more bricks they have, the more they can create. Click the link to see our favorite add on right now- we are loving it because it has pieces we didn’t have before. Including eyes!
  • In addition to more bricks, get more elements. These are specialty pieces like hinges and plates.  You can get them here.
  • Take them to LEGO Events.
  • Get LEGO books and leave them laying around.

Get more out of LEGO Learning by using these simple, but effective, ideas. Learning with LEGO is an engaging way to learn and the learning sticks!

Learning With LEGO: Taking Things Up a Notch

  • Delve into LEGO Robotics and invite your boys to learn with LEGO in a new way.
  • Create with LEGO online by using the LEGO Digital Designer (free download) then try to build the sets in real life.
  • Make your own LEGO animations.
  • Learn new techniques together. Our favorite book for learning LEGO building techniques is The Art of LEGO Design.  <<This book is awesome!

LEGO can be an incredible toy in and of itself. Just adding in a few things can take that wonderful toy and turn it into a very natural way to learn more.

I hope this gave you ideas for encouraging and enhancing their learning with LEGO by doing a few of these simple things. The benefits are great and besides, LEGO is just a whole lot of fun!

If you enjoyed this article – try these too:

L is for LEGO

LEGO Designs and

Top LEGO Books


Sunday 5th of July 2015

We have two girls in our house who love playing with lego and creating. They are quite different in their creativity than boys (I have 3 brothers and 1 sister and we wore our lego out!). I have noticed how they are somewhat inhibited when adults play/take over and I am encouraging the adults to let them create by themselves, so your article has helped educate us all in our house. Thank you.

Sheila Rogers

Sunday 5th of July 2015

Thank you so much for the nice comment Hannah. I am so happy to hear the article helped :)


Saturday 20th of June 2015

"Let them make mistakes. Don’t fix things for them. Ask them how they want to fix any issues that come up. (problem solving, creative thinking, dealing with frustration . . .)"

This is great advice - and I love how playing with LEGO can help them learn real world skills too!

Sheila Rogers

Saturday 20th of June 2015

Clare, Yup, LEGO, toys, games . . . all the things kids use in play are just part of life learning.

susen @Dabbling Momma

Friday 19th of June 2015

great ideas! We have a Lego store in one of the malls and we visited just for bricks once. My son filled a small container with a whole bunch of just bricks, love that he did that!! More to create with.....

Sheila Rogers

Saturday 20th of June 2015

Oh how lucky you are Susen! I wish we lived near a store with a pick-a-brick wall. It is a wonderful way to get some neat pieces.

Michelle Knight

Friday 19th of June 2015

I love Legos and letting my kids have freeplay with them. Your idea of adding on to legos with Lego robotics is perfect for one of my sons. His birthday is coming soon and I think that will be his big gift.

Sarah McLain

Friday 19th of June 2015

Great ideas here! We have a 3-year old who loves the bigger leggos, they can be such a pain to clean, but totally worth it! :)

Sheila Rogers

Friday 19th of June 2015

Thanks Sarah. I should share my quick cleaning method some day. I agree that they are totally worth it.