How fun that we can take this incredible toy called Lego® bricks, tap into our child’s interests, and do Lego math! I have found over fifty seriously great ideas to teach math with legos — and a whole bunch of those ideas doesn’t require anything but . . . LEGOs! Since you probably already have legos on your floor, under the cabinets, and coming out of the woodwork as I do, this is perfect. You can start using legos for math today.
Learning math with legos is so much easier than paper math! If you are looking for a way to teach your child a math concept in an engaging, inspiring, and relevant way — start with LEGOs. I’ve organized this huge list of Lego math ideas into different mathematical topics to make it easy for you to find what you need.
Lego Math Games
Teaching with games is my favorite. If you can get a child to add, multiply, divide, or subtract more easily because of a game, you both win. Games teach thinking skills, sportsmanship, teamwork, and strategy. You will find games in nearly every category of this list, but these two don’t fit into any of the other classifications.
Lego Sudoku from Lasting Thumbprints. This fun puzzle game is intended to be played solo, but you could also turn it into a tournament or timed contest.
Use Star Wars® Minifigures® and Uno® to play this Lego Math Game from Inspirational Laboratories.
Lego Math Game on a Coordinated Plane with Ninjago from I Game Mom.
Lego Math Worksheets
Worksheets on their own aren’t necessarily my favorite, but when you add Lego bricks to worksheets, suddenly the learning becomes very concrete. This is a highly effective way to learn!
Lego Math for Kindergarten Worksheets from Natural Beach Living. This set includes Graphing, Addition, Subtraction, Counting and Measurement.
Lego Math for Preschoolers
Beginning math skills are hard for little ones to grasp without something to touch and hold and see. That’s where legos come in handy! These activities make math more relatable. This is part of what makes using legos for math so brilliant.
Counting and Subitizing (counting at a glance) Practice for PRE-K from No Time For Flashcards
For a different spin on it, try these activities for Counting and Measuring with LEGOs from The Imagination Tree
Counting by Tens with LEGOs from Teachers of Good Things
Preschool Skip Counting with Legos from Home with Hollie
A different take on Skip Counting with Lego from Powerful Mothering.
Learning Patterns with LEGO from Learning Play At Home
Greater Than/Less Than from One Perfect Day Blog
Patterning with LEGO Math from Tutor House
Ten Frames Math for Preschoolers from A Little Pinch of Perfect.
Lego Ten Frame Games from Laly Mom.
Print these awesome Lego Counting Cards from Life Over Cs.
The Race to Twenty Lego Dice Game from Playdough to Plato teaches counting, set recognition, and more.
Simple Lego Math Game for Preschool from No Time for Flashcards.
Learning Math with Legos: Basic Skills
It would take a load of work for me to sort these basic skills up by grade level, and to be honest many of these can span multiple grades. I have separate categories for addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, and more, but these particular posts are basic skills that don’t really fit anywhere else.
Word Problem Skills from Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Place Value and More from Boy Mama Teacher Mama
Learn to Tell Time with Lego. Build a Lego Clock from Stir the Wonder.
Learning Symmetry with LEGOs and Butterflies from Fun At Home With Kids
Lego Place Value Math Activity from Frugal Fun for Boys. Use printable worksheets and bricks to grasp the concept of place value.
Sorting, Estimating and Building with Bricks from TyMama In Me.
Lego Patterns and Colors Printable from I Can Teach my Child.
How to Build a Lego Minecraft Number Line Game from Stir the Wonder.
Lego Challenge Math Activity from Buggy and Buddy.
Teach Roman Numerals Using Lego Bricks from And Next Comes L.
LEGO Math Addition and Subtraction
Learning math with legos makes it super easy to demonstrate that subtraction is just the opposite or undoing of addition. I’ve put Lego math addition and subtraction together here for exactly that reason. If you can use these activities for one, you can use it for the other in reverse!
Double Digit Addition and Subtraction with LEGO Bricks from Real Life Home
LEGO Man Addition/Subtraction Game from Tales from a K Classroom
How to Teach Math Facts with LEGOs from Teachers of Good Things
Lego Addition with Matching Sums from Royal Baloo.
Try this Lego Addition: Add and Fill Base Plate idea from Creative Family Fun.
Play this Subtraction Lego Game from the Kindergarten Connection.
Lego Addition Cards from the Stem Laboratory.
How to Teach Addition and Subtraction Using Lego from Math Geek Mama.
LEGO Math Multiplication
Multiplication makes so much more sense when you can see it happen. When kids realize how much faster multiplication is than addition, that’s a huge breakthrough. These activities explore multiplication using lego bricks as visuals.
Getting Ready for Multiplication from Frugal Fun 4 Boys.
LEGO Mean Median Mode Range from E is for Explore.
Try LEGO Multiplication Groups of and Arrays from E is for Explore.
LEGO Multiplication from Milk and Cookies
Multiplying with LEGO Bricks from Great Peace Academy
Teach Your Child Multiplication with Legos from Schooltime Snippets.
LEGO Math Division
You can use any of the multiplication activities to explore division as well, which is a good thing because not very many people are coming up with ideas for Lego division.
Using LEGOs to Build Math Concepts from Scholastic (more than just division here, lots of ideas for upper level elementary and junior high!)
Using Legos for Math: Measurement
I love these creative ideas for using legos to explore measurement. With a little creativity, you can find so many things to measure using bricks!
How Many LEGOs does it weigh? from Frugal Fun 4 Boys. Build a Lego Balance and Find Out!
LEGO Geometry from E is for Explore
Figure out LEGO Graphing with this idea from A Day in First Grade
LEGO Math Fractions
Fractions are one of the trickiest math concepts of all time, so any help I can get explaining fractions makes me happy. Just one more reason I love to teach math with legos.
LEGO Fractions from Tutor House
Teach Ratios with LEGO Bricks from Tutor House
Lego Fraction Games for Kids from JDaniel4sMom. If you must teach fractions, you might as well make it fun and play a game with legos.
Lego Fractions Math Activity from Planning Playtime.
Using Legos for Math in Middle School
Once you get to middle school, students start getting harder to please. These cool lego math ideas will give them a reason to listen.
Pythagorean Theorem with LEGOs from Math Geek Mama
LEGO Math Probability Explained from Spiked Math — Fun!
Do some Fancy Patterning and Build Expressions using Legos with this idea from Frugal Fun for Boys.
Sneaky Ways to Teach Math with Legos . . .
Fnally, which LEGO set is not a math set?!? That being said, some sets are very clearly created for learning math with legos. A couple come to mind right away. Because lego bricks are so good for kids on so many levels, we recommend everyone have a classic set for their child. I’ve seen some great deals on used legos in yardsale groups if you prefer not to purchase new ones.
With so many different options for learning math with legos, you are sure to find activities that match your child’s math level and interest on our list of Lego math activities.
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