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LEGO Learning: What They Learn When They Play

If you are new here I should tell you up front that I am a huge fan of LEGO.  If you have been around a while, you know this about me and have seen the many LEGO articles we have available on the site.

LEGO is a wonderful toy, though I kind of hate to even call it a toy, for it is so much more. It is a pathway to making anything you can imagine, it is an art medium, it is a tool that people are using to design incredible things like Braille machines, it is used to make movies, and it is an engaging way for kids to learn while they play.

LEGO Learning is something I have been focusing on lately.  I was thinking about what boys learn from playing with LEGO.  You will be amazed at how many things we came up with!

What exactly are kids learning when they play with LEGO? It turns out that they learn a lot! Find out why LEGO is more than just a toy and what they learn while playing.


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LEGO Learning: What They Learn

My brother used to spend long hours in the hallway playing LEGO while my mom sewed. I am sure he learned a lot while playing. He has a very mathematical mind and I think building and creating with bricks was a natural way for him to use that strength.

Like my brother, my son has loved to build since he was very young.

The drawback of being young and using tiny bricks is that it is super frustrating. They are tough for little fingers to put together and get apart (my fingers hurt after taking apart so many pieces—really hurt!) plus LEGO falls apart. If you push a bit too hard, it can collapse.

All of these things were great for him though. He learned, he dealt with frustration, he had to make adjustments to how he built or ask for help. It was a wonderful experience for a young boy.

Here are more things learned by playing with LEGO bricks.

LEGO Learning: from Art to Math

  • It encourages creativity.
  • LEGO gets kids using their imaginations.
  • You can use it to create sculptures, mosaics, stamped paintings, and collages.
  • Builders use patterns and symmetry.
  • Additional construction techniques are picked up as they build.
  • Engineering comes into play when trying to make different structures.
  • Work is done in 2D or 3D.
  • As building skills progress you may work with scale such as Microscale, Minifig Scale or Life-size.
  • Following specific step-by-step directions including visual direction following.
  • Literacy skills.
  • Learn robotics with LEGO.
  • Spatial Reasoning Skills.

LEGO learning is very natural. They play . . . they learn.

 Additional LEGO Learning:

  • Fine motor skills are used during building.
  • The learning is hands-on and some boys really need this type of learning.
  • Perseverance!  LEGO can be very frustrating and boys can get very easily frustrated with it. But because of its appeal they tend to stick to it.
  • Problem Solving. There are a lot of opportunities for figuring out how to make things work.
  • Discipline.
  • Mastery of skills.
  • Can help special needs children learn as it tends to hold their attention when other things won’t.
  • Planning.
  • Completing a project (I think this is one of the hidden benefits–completing what you start is an important life skill)
  • Knowing when to quit (You also have to know when it it ok to quit and move on.)
  • Communication skills are used when storytelling with Minifigs, when explaining what they made or in working with others.
  • Working together.
  • and much, much more . . .

The greatest thing about LEGO, my absolute hands-down favorite thing of all, is that LEGO can be turned into absolutely anything you can build–anything!

 LEGO is the best toy/tool/learning resource we have in our home.

Ok, we do have quite a bit of LEGO but . . . just the other day my son and I were building some LEGO Designs and we looked at each other and said “We need more bricks!” and we were not kidding. I think I will be ordering this. I love these classic sets they came out with.  They have great pieces in them–they even come with eyes!

LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 Building Toy Set LEGO Classic Green Baseplate 2304 Supplement for Building, Playing, and LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit with Remote Control for

With all those bricks around you might want to check out this article on choosing the best way to keep all of the items organized.

See our big awesome LEGO page for other fun articles and resources.

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Erin @ Nourishing My Scholar

Friday 7th of August 2015

We love Lego's at our house. Even our 2 year old gets in on the action.

Sheila Rogers

Friday 7th of August 2015

I'm sure she does. You and your family take LEGO to a new level. I love how you encourage your kid's passions.


Thursday 23rd of April 2015

We seem to be going back through a 'putting small things in mouth' phase in our house - but when we're done I think I'll introduce some lego play. I loved building towns with lego when I was a kid!

Sheila Rogers

Thursday 23rd of April 2015

Oops, totally best to wait then.


Wednesday 22nd of April 2015

We have always had Legos in our home too, starting with the Duplos when the kids were very little. It never occurred to me how much more the kids were getting out of their Lego play time other than fine motor skills and creativity though! Love this list. Thank you for linking it up at This Is How We Roll Thursday. I hope you come back and share more of your posts. We love them!

Sheila Rogers

Wednesday 22nd of April 2015

Thanks for the nice comment Corinne. You made my day. It really is amazing how much they learn!


Sunday 19th of April 2015

Lego's are such a great tool for learning! My kids find them irresistible!

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Sheila Rogers

Monday 20th of April 2015

I agree Jill!

Ashley S.

Thursday 16th of April 2015

We love lego in our house too! My son rotates between lego and trains. I also have been looking at that classic set. I think the classic sets allow for some more open ended play.

Sheila Rogers

Friday 17th of April 2015

Hi Ashley, Oh yes, trains are super popular too :) I do like the classic set. We got two of them and are really happy with the selection of pieces in them.