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Homeschooling with Legos

Our family just LOVES Legos!

The kids love them because they love building things.  I love them because they foster creativity in our home.   And, maybe it’s because thousands of them have been all over our living room floor EVERY DAY for the past 10 years, but we’ve incorporated Legos into our homeschooling routine.  Following are some fun ways Legos can be used for Homeschooling:


Colors & Shapes:  Preschoolers can learn their colors and shapes by sorting Legos into appropriate piles.


Math Manipulatives:  If your kids are young, you probably need math manipulatives to help your children learn how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, how to count by 10’s, etc.  Why purchase manipulatives when you can use Legos?

Teaching Fractions:  Legos come in so many shapes and sizes.  Lego 1 x 2 bricks. Lego 2 x 2 bricks.  Lego 3 x 2, Lego 4 X 2.  These different brick sizes can easily be used to teach fractions.  For more cool Lego Math ideas and worksheets, check out this post from Scholastic:

Science (Human Body):  If you have a large variety of Legos in your house, Lego hinge plates can be used to explain hinge joints.  Lego Bionicles are a great tool for explaining how ball & socket joints work.


Art History (Ancient Babylonians or Ancient Egypt):  Learning about the Tower of Babel?  Learning about the Pyramid of Giza?  A great way to reinforce these lesson plans is to assign the building of the Tower of Babel or the Pyramid of Giza with Lego bricks.

Art History (Middle Ages):  Learning about the castles built during the Middle Ages?  Have your children build their own Medieval Castle out of Legos.  To emphasize the history lesson you’ve covered, tell them to include some or all of the following in their design:  a catapult, a portcullis, a moat, arrow slits, the keep, drawbridge, the bailey, a siege tower, a battering ram, and the barbican.

Art History (Islamic Empire):  If you’re studying a history of the Islamic Empire, discussing the intricate mosaics created at the time is a typical topic.  For a fun activity, have your children create their own mosaics out of Legos.

3-D Art Project:  Provide your child with an assortment of 3-D objects: a bowl of cereal, a banana, a tissue box, a pineapple, etc.  Ask them to choose one, and using their Legos, make a life-size 3-D model.  Want to inspire your kids?  Here’s a cool article about a 14 year old’s life size 3-D Lego Iron Man:

Bible Supplement:  This website visually represents gospel stories with Lego images.  Pretty cool!  Some images may not be suitable for children.

Lego Art — Animation:  If you have an i-phone or i-pad you can easily teach students how to create their own Lego Animations!  This app is free to download and makes it easy:

 To see a sample Stop-Motion Lego Animation check out this video on youtube:  Our homeschool group recently held a Lego Animation class.  We hired Adam Thomas (from Talking Stick Learning Center) to teach us how to use the Stop-Motion app.  He is available to teach Lego Animation to other homeschool groups as well.  His email is  (The ones we did were much shorter than the example above.  They were only a few seconds long, but they turned out great and the kids had a blast.  I was hoping to share some of their video creations on this blog, but apparently, I don’t have video capability.)

Lego Science — Robotics:  If your children are interested in Lego Robotics, Lego Mindstorms are a pretty cool educational toy:

Lego Science — Atoms & Molecules: Legos can be used to illustrate how elements can combine.  Check out this poster for some ideas:–chemical-reactions—-/tx1y6y

Lego Science — DNA:  Students can build simple DNA molecules out of Legos.  Check out this Youtube video for an example:


Lego Physics: Free Online Lego Physics Curriculum (Note:  There are evolutionary themes in some of these lessons.)

Lego Fission & Fusion:  Free Online Fission & Fusion Lesson plan (Note:  Some evolutionary themes.)

Lego Particle Physics: Free online particle physics Lesson plan:


Fast Lego Clean-up:  Cleaning up Legos every day used to take us forever.  Now it only takes a few minutes.  A fellow homeschool mom taught me this trick.  Put all of your Legos on a large sheet.  For a quick clean-up, just grab the four corners of the sheet, and put your pile of Legos in a large container.  (I believe this idea is also listed in the book Homeschool Supermom, Not! by Susan Kemmerer.)

Hope these ideas are helpful!

Posted by Gwen Fredette on February 27th, 2014


4 thoughts on “Homeschooling with Legos

  1. I love the idea of using legos as a teaching tool. I just don’t love finding the few escapees with my feet. Those thing hurt when stepped on. We opted instead for the larger legos. The kiddos love them and so do my feet.

  2. We do a lot of Lego here. When I first started calling playing with Lego a maths lesson, I felt like I was cheating the system fairly blatantly. Once I started paying closer attention to what was going on, though, I felt more comfortable making the claim. There is a lot of ‘hidden’ learning going on in a good Lego session.

    1. I love the picture on your blog; it reminds me very much of how our living room looks everyday — thousands of Legos on a sheet on the floor. I think it’s so great to hear from a homeschooling father. I’m sure your blog is a great encouragement to the many homeschooling dads out there. May God continue to bless your education at home! – Gwen

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