Lego and Literacy, can you think of a better combination for a family literacy activity?
A mom friend of mine recently mentioned her local library has started a little program with this theme and I thought it was brilliant! Since then, our family has started regular after-dinner evenings of “Lego & Literacy”. It’s super simple and so much fun for all ages (even Daddy gets into it!).
All you need is a Book and some Lego blocks (giant infant size Mega Blok type blocks or medium Lego Duplo size or regular small size Lego depending on your kids ages and stages).
Start by reading a book, any type or age or style of book, as a family together. Picture books are great as they help with ideas for images.
After you’d read the book together, open up the Lego and start to build anything from the story. Anything at all, you’ll be amazed the variances in what every person took from the book as an idea.
For children that need to be sparked for creativity, mention “ideas” indirectly as you read the book. Make suggestions for potential ideas. Like “Oh, what a large bear that is in the story” or “Look at all the food on that dinner table, what types of food do you see there?”. This will help your child confidently come up with his own ideas (ie: to create a bear or a pizza or a table…) for his own creations.
For the pictures shown above, our family read our momstown / Scholastic February book of the month called The Very Hungry Bear. Tons of ideas came from the cute story of a polar bear and a grizzly bear pair.
My son made a polar bear and a tree while eldest daughter really focused on making a blue fish (what the hungry bear likes to eat). My youngest daughter who loves to make lego duplo towers connected her tower to the book by calling it a tall tree that the bear climbed (which he did). Mommy made an igloo and Daddy make a fork and fishing lure. I was surprised how every person takes something different from the book.
My favourite part about “Lego and Literacy” is it’s an unplugged time with my family, downtime without the TV on and an easy wind-down activity in the evening. Or course, tying anything to a book makes me happy too.
Try “Lego & Literacy” with your kids and see where it takes you!