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Using LEGO bricks for math & more…

Besides being an awesome toy and creative medium, LEGO can be also used for teaching purposes. In fact LEGO bricks are quite common in classrooms and after-class programs to teach anything from math-skills to engineering, robotics, and more. I found this fun little video the other day where LEGO bricks are used to teach fractions – something that is quite difficult to grasp at first. Check it out. 🙂

LEGO Fractions

If you or your kids are having trouble understanding fractions, you can use LEGO bricks to help visualize how the concept works. The shape of LEGO bricks, and the fact that the different sizes are fractions of each other, as well as the placement of the studs all help to see what fractions are about.

What do you think? How did you like the video? Have you used LEGO before to visualize a concept or as a teaching tool? Feel free to share your own experiences and ideas in the comment section below! 😉

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  • Superweapon April 19, 2014, 10:01 AM

    That’s actually really clever!


    I have thought of this before. If I was still doing “easier” math problems I would so do this! 😀

  • Lloydguy April 19, 2014, 11:13 AM

    Awesome! this is off topic, but did anyone see the season finally of Chima this morning? It was awesome, and if you look at the end when Scorm throws the Chi into the crack in cave, there is a sabertooth Tiger who looked like he was already transformed. And can you believe Lavertus is Laval’s uncle? Actually, I can because it is on one of the webisodes on the LEGO.com site. I cant wait for next season!

    • Lloydguy April 19, 2014, 11:16 AM

      AH! Spoilers after the first question mark. I wrote spoiler alert but it disappeared, probably because I put it in between greater than and less than symbols.

  • Lloydguy April 19, 2014, 11:18 AM

    Did they actually cut the LEGO bricks, or did they stop the video and replace it?

    • Strider April 19, 2014, 12:16 PM

      They must have replaced it. The whole video is stopmotion, which I thought was confusing at first because it didn’t seem nessecary, but the reason they probably did this would be to get that cutting effect.

  • Russell April 19, 2014, 12:14 PM

    cool, my mom is a math teacher and she does this. Although, sometimes it’s for grades over 9. nice

    • Lorca Strand April 19, 2014, 12:21 PM

      Nice! I like when LEGO is used for educational purposes. But this method, I couldn’t see used past the fourth grade, if that.

  • HP April 19, 2014, 10:37 PM

    Lorca! I can’t seem to reach you through the email, any updates?

    • admin April 20, 2014, 10:38 AM

      HP, should I contact him on your behalf? I’m not sure if he will see your comment.

  • Kalle April 20, 2014, 12:21 PM

    I wonder if it would work with dyscalculia students…?

    • admin April 20, 2014, 12:33 PM

      Kalle, it probably depends on how severe the condition is. I have trouble with numbers myself and I clearly remember that what made me understand divisions was colored sticks that our teacher used. Once I saw what in 3D form what divisions look like I got it. So I think it is worth a try.

  • NRG Cole April 21, 2014, 11:55 AM

    see, i told you LEGO was educational 😀

  • ninja of stealth April 21, 2014, 12:37 PM

    that’s a great idea! 😀

  • Russell April 22, 2014, 10:24 PM

    She used lego for graphing mostly i think… But it can be very useful when that is what the person is used too…

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