EYFS area(s) – Communication & Language; Personal, Social & Emotional Development
In a nutshell – Put simply, it’s a 3-D version of the classic Battleship game. Sit your little ones in pairs facing each other and encourage them to arrange their blocks in a pattern. Then challenge their partners to recreate it. The catch? They can’t see each other’s designs and have to rely on verbal instructions!
EYFS area(s) – Physical Development (Fine & Gross Motor Skills)
In a nutshell – Children stack some bricks into towers, twist pipe cleaners into rings and they’re ready for a tournament! They can take turns tossing the rings onto the towers individually or in groups. As well as being great for physical development, you can leave the job of counting the score to your little learners and get even more out of this activity.
In a nutshell – Maths is a lot much more fun when combined with building. Write down a number and let kids put them in order. Next, they try to create towers with the corresponding total number of bricks. If your little ones are not ready for counting yet, try the second activity where they can observe patterns in tower drawings before recreating them with bricks.
In a nutshell – Once connecting the blocks together isn’t too much trouble for little hands, step it by writing lower and upper case letters on the sides of the bricks. Then, let the kids find the matching parts or even create some simple words.
In a nutshell – While it’s definitely too soon to introduce kids to the concept of cubism, it’s absolutely fine to start practicing it! Gather a range of blocks and show them how to dip them in the paint before stamping or pressing them onto a piece of paper to create abstract combinations.
EYFS area(s) – Physical Development (Fine Motor Skills)
In a nutshell – A small detour away from the blocks. Print the LEGO man outlines and check out what figures you have lying around your setting. Hand some play dough to kids and let them choose their favourite character. This activity requires some serious fine motor skills so first show your little ones how to soften and mould the dough to fill in different parts of the figure’s body.
EYFS area(s) – Communication & Language; Understanding the World; Literacy
In a nutshell – Children listen to you reading a story and then recreate the scenes with LEGO bricks. Now, brace yourself a little bit, this activity requires a lot of time, patience and imagination. But it’s all worth it, with its versatile impact on kids’ development and hours of fun and exploring creativity.
In a nutshell – Here’s a fun way to work on measurement. Collect some toys and ask kids how many bricks they think they need to match the item’s length. Then lay a line of LEGO out to test their guesses. Once they get the hang of it, encourage your little learners to weigh each other up and test it on their own.
What you need:
Official Danish Government Reopening Advice
Guidance from the Danish Health Ministry, translated in full to English.