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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.

Use LEGO bricks to easily explain abstract math concepts to kids. LEGO math teaching ten base place value. LEGO math is fun and educational!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.

Use LEGO bricks to easily explain abstract math concepts to kids. LEGO math teaching ten base place value. LEGO math is fun and educational!

Use LEGO bricks to easily explain abstract math concepts to kids. LEGO math teaching ten base place value. LEGO math is fun and educational!

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By | 2017-02-27T22:08:09+00:00 November 8th, 2014|Math, STEM Saturday|20 Comments


  1. Anik W. November 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    I’ve just found your blog through #Pintorials linky. So many great ideas here! 🙂

    • Crystal November 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Awesome, thanks for stopping by!

  2. Keitha November 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Great use of Legos! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Carrie November 15, 2014 at 1:46 am - Reply

    What 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!!

    • Crystal November 15, 2014 at 7:05 am - Reply

      I 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!

  4. Emma @ P is for Preschooler November 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Learning with Legos is the best kind! I’m pinning this idea for when my daughter is learning this math concept!

    • Crystal November 18, 2014 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Awesome! It worked SO well for us 🙂

  5. otilia stocks November 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Very good! Will be trying this with my girls! Thank you for linking up with the #pinitparty

    • Crystal November 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope they enjoy this activity, too!

  6. Jill R. November 16, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Teaching places values with legos?! What a great idea!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

    • Crystal November 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      Than you so much for stopping by!

  7. Rachael DeBruin November 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Oh, 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 🙂

  8. Kezzie November 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Hi 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

    • Crystal November 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks for passing it along!

  9. nelson September 14, 2016 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Such a lovely idea of teaching place values with legos! You can explore more maths exercises with http://www.kidsfront.com/maths_mania.html

  10. Pat Holmes June 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    This is what I’ve been searching for. Thnks for posting. All kids love legos

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