Not only is LEGO an awesome toy (for kids and adults alike), but it seems it has another use we’ve all been overlooking: it’s a brilliant educational toy to explain mathematical concepts like fractions and squares.
LEGOs mathematical might is used by 3rd-grade teacher Alycia Zimmerman, who says that LEGO is an excellent developmental tool to use in the classroom.
The New York teacher says on Scholastic: “Fractions always seem to trip up my students. The only way to combat fraction-mayhem is to provide students with a LOT of opportunities to experience fractions with tangible objects.”
She asks other teachers, “Find some LEGO bricks in a storage closet or basement, and take some time exploring how they work. Count the studs, explore the dimensions, build some towers. And I guarantee, you’ll now be thinking … MATH!”
“You’ll undoubtedly find mathematical inspiration in a pile of LEGO bricks.”
“In the classroom, the tiny bricks are now my favorite possibility-packed math manipulative.”