What Can LEGOs Teach Us?

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



  1. Diana

    February 2, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I love these infographics! I played with LEGOS as a kid, and I’m working on writing grants to add some to our media center.


    February 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Since when did LEGO become a countable noun?!

    • duncan

      February 19, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Excellent! I was going to post a similar comment. The clue is in the logo … LEGO.

  3. Don

    February 12, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    LEGOs have become symbolic for problem solving and creativity. We frequently see the mere mention of LEGO as representing the thinking process. It conjures a visual image in all of us.

  4. duncan

    February 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I have lived and worked in various developing countries over the years and have often suggested spending Aid money on using Lego in schools there, not just pilot schools or special schools either. The checklist in this article shows why I think this is a good idea. Moreover, you would need to flood the country with Lego sets to ensure their resale value is low: sorry to say, it’s very common to see Aid donated goods for sale and some officials are corrupt.

  5. Margaret Wessman

    February 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Everyone in my family plays with Legos. As a teacher I use Legos in chemistry class to teach ionic bonding and stoiciometry.

  6. Mads Bab

    February 27, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Yes it is fantastic what LEGO can do for kids – but it can also be used for adults – not just for play but also for learning.

    Check out buildandshare.net – it is a method to put LEGO into workshops related to motivation, goal setting, engagement and much more.