Legos are an amazing teaching tool. There are so many different things to build. There are sets appropriate for 5 year olds all the way up to adults. So, learners of all ages can receive the benefits.
For the more right-brain dominant, spatial learner, organizing the pieces by color and shape builds visual organization skills. Looking at the step-by-step picture directions teaches your child to break down the large, completed project into small, attainable pieces. Learning to follow these simple steps and complete the entire project increases your child’s confidence in her abilities.
In addition to the benefits that visual-spatial learners receive from building lego sets, sequential learners can also benefit from creating without a plan. Sequential learners do best when given a set of steps to follow but what happens when you take away those directions? Encourage your child to think of something to build. Then, help him figure out the steps to create it. He may need a little help with the idea portion at first. Use the picture on the box as inspiration. This exercise will help develop big-picture, conceptual thinking in your left-brain dominant, sequential learner.
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