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We love playing with LEGO at our house. My son asks for new LEGO sets for every birthday and Christmas and then builds and rebuilds his creations during quiet time. I have recently harnessed his enthusiasm by using LEGO bricks to teach him everything from math to reading to science. Today I am going to show you how to use LEGO math to teach place value.

My five-year-old is very bright, with math being one of his very strong subjects. However, he was having a difficult time grasping the idea of place value. No matter what I tried to draw for him on paper or explain to him in words, he just couldn’t understand what I meant when I said something like, “Eighteen is one ten and eight ones,” or, “Twenty-two is two tens and two ones.” He just looked at me like I was crazy. It was too abstract. That is, until I pulled out the LEGO bricks and our place value flip chart and showed him. Suddenly the idea of place value became concrete and he understood it perfectly. Now he can add two-digit numbers together with ease after this one simple lesson. Using LEGO math worked a miracle!

## How to Teach Place Value Using LEGO Math

All you need to do is designate one column as your “10’s” and the other column as your “1’s”. Choose a number on your flip chart and then arrange your LEGO bricks to reflect that number. Easy! Take turns choosing numbers and arranging them with LEGO bricks. Turn it into a game! Have fun with it.

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Anik W.November 11, 2014 at 8:23 pmI’ve just found your blog through #Pintorials linky. So many great ideas here! 🙂

CrystalNovember 11, 2014 at 8:59 pmAwesome, thanks for stopping by!

KeithaNovember 14, 2014 at 7:41 pmGreat use of Legos! Thanks for sharing.

CrystalNovember 14, 2014 at 10:35 pmThanks!

CarrieNovember 15, 2014 at 1:46 amWhat a great idea!! When I taught we had Algebra Tiles that were somewhat similar, but Legos are even better. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

CrystalNovember 15, 2014 at 7:05 amI know, I went to the store to buy some math manipulatives and then I thought, “Why don’t we just use Legos? They are basically the same thing and we already own them! Thanks for stopping by!

Emma @ P is for PreschoolerNovember 15, 2014 at 3:40 pmLearning with Legos is the best kind! I’m pinning this idea for when my daughter is learning this math concept!

CrystalNovember 18, 2014 at 9:21 pmAwesome! It worked SO well for us 🙂

otilia stocksNovember 15, 2014 at 6:35 pmVery good! Will be trying this with my girls! Thank you for linking up with the #pinitparty

CrystalNovember 18, 2014 at 9:23 pmThanks for stopping by! Hope they enjoy this activity, too!

Jill R.November 16, 2014 at 8:40 pmTeaching places values with legos?! What a great idea!

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CrystalNovember 18, 2014 at 10:01 pmThan you so much for stopping by!

Rachael DeBruinNovember 17, 2014 at 1:52 pmOh, this looks like so much fun!! Thanks so much for sharing this at our link up! Hope you come back again this week, Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

Pinning this one as well 🙂

CrystalNovember 18, 2014 at 10:02 pmThank you!

KezzieNovember 17, 2014 at 8:32 pmHi there! What a great way to show place value- I love it and will pass it onto the teachers at school (I just teach music nowadays!) Visiting from Monday parenting pin!x

CrystalNovember 18, 2014 at 10:02 pmThanks for passing it along!

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