You don’t have to be a young child to enjoy LEGOs. The brightly colored blocks are an irresistible toy. Whether you’re putting together an elaborate building or spaceship, or are deconstructing someone else’s creation, these ubiquitous blocks have brought many of us hours of entertainment. Not only do LEGOs have a long history in the realm of play, they also offer endless creative opportunities and hold quite a bit of teaching and learning power. And many teachers are already harnessing that in their own classrooms.
The handy infographic below takes a look at why LEGOs are so awesome, some of the skills that Legos can develop, and how they can be used in educational settings. So if you don’t have a pile of blocks in your classroom yet, maybe you should? Keep reading to learn more!
What Can LEGOs Teach Us?
- LEGOs were first created in Denmark in the 1940’s.
- They have since become so popular that Lego has designed educational products and curricula using them!
- The word Lego comes from the Danish phrase “leg godt” which means “play well”. It is also loosely interpreted in Latin as “I put together”.
- If all the Lego blocks ever produced were evenly distributed to all the people in the world, each person would have 62 bricks.
- About 18 bricks out of every million produced fail to meet the standard required.
- Lego factories recycle all but about 1% of their plastic waste per year.
- About 36 billion LEGOs are produced every year, or 1140 elements per second.
- The Lego Learning Institute has developed play sets for a large variety of learning levels, including preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, and university.
- LEGOs develop lateral thinking skills in a hands-on environment.
They help teach:
- Three dimensional thinking
- Literacy skills (as kids work with instructions)
- Problem solving, organization, and planning by construction
- Communication and critical thinking
- Improved creativity
- Fine motor skill development
- Hand-eye coordination
- Mathematics, Geometry, and Engineering
- Duplicate complex patterns
- Develop scientific and technological solutions
- Follow directions with logic and reasoning
- Learn to plan and evaluate problems