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LEGO Education Preschool - Let's Build Character

Let's Build Character


In Preschool, we’re building amazing things. Through play, children build essential skills for life.

Build their Knowledge of the World

Most preschoolers love animals. They are familiar with them. They are curious about them. And, they are instantly engaged when you use them in your teaching! Not only can you teach about animals, you can teach about their habitats and relationships. You can even sort and categorize them. The children in your class won’t realize they’re learning through play. 


Here you can learn more about how LEGO Education supports engaging and impactful play in preschools, read our insightful research papers, and find an inspiration activity to use in your class today.


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Explore the World with Animal Families

Preschoolers know all of their animal sounds, but do they know where they live? What about their family relationships? Learning about an environment different from theirs can be an exciting and enlightening discussion to have with your preschoolers. Wild Animals from LEGO Education enables this fun and playful learning environment by teaching: 

  • Sorting and categorizing
  • Understanding relationships
  • Exploring the world
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Research & Insights

LEGO Education Preschool - Wild Animals - Playful Context

Playful Context

Read about the importance of playfull context for learning

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Confident stotytellers

Confident Storytellers

Read about why playful literacy experiences are important

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Role Playing

Read about role playing and that 'such play substantially contributes to a child's development' [Sutton & Smith, 1997]

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Creativity

Read about the importance of harnessing creativity, developing self-expression and raising self-esteem.

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Creativty and self esteem
Discover community

Discover the community

Read about how play can help preschool children discover their community

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LEGO Education Research

Building Social Skills

Learn why play is so important to develop social and emotional skills as early as preschool.


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Math activity

Building Math Skills

Children develop important early math skills, in a playful, hands-on setting. Read more here


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Research March

Imagination & Creativity

Read more about the importance of imagination and creativity.



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Citizenship

Read more about developing responsible citizens together.



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Children in my class love animals, transport, the beach, and Dora the Explorer. Any time we do counting, or read a story, for example, and it includes those elements – the children are 100% involved in the learning.

Aasmah, preschool teacher, Chicago USA

Activities to Try in Your Preschool Classroom

Exploring Animals

Using pictures of animals, or animals that you have in your classroom, ask your preschoolers to sort the animals by where they live. Next have them sort the animals into families. Be sure to highlight vocabulary words such as habitat, endangered, shelter, or climate. Then have them build animal habitats out of bricks or other supplies you have in your classroom. 

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LEGO Education - Preschool - Activities Wild Animals

Build an Apple

Invite your preschoolers to build an apple (or any piece of fruit) out of blocks or bricks. Ask them to count how many pieces they used. Then, invite them to pretend to take a bite by removing one of the pieces. Ask them how many pieces are left.



 

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Quiet time

Here are some fun activities for the little artists in your #preschool. Download our coloring pages for some creative fun!

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Role play

Imaginative play develops empathy. Children who engage in pretend play are better able to understand the feelings and ideas of others. Ask your children to imagine that they are someone else and build what that person would build. Consider asking questions like: What would your dad build? What would your best friend build? What would your local community hero build? 

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Being a Good Friend

Ask the children to draw or build a model of themselves. Then talk about ways to be a good friend by asking the following questions:

  1. How can you use your hands to be a good friend?
  2. How can you use your mouth to be a good friend?
  3. How can you use your legs to be a good friend?
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Math game

Encourage children to practice matching quantities to numbers. One child is the train engineer driving a train with loads of bricks or other items. The other children are holding numbered bricks and waiting for deliveries. The train engineer must stop and deliver the number of items that matches the numbers shown on each brick.

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Heroes and Villains

Ask children who are some of their favorite heroes and villains. What special powers do they have? What are their weaknesses? Who are their friends? Encourage children to use their imaginations to build and act out a story about their favorite characters.


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Roles and Responsibilities

Facilitate a discussion between your preschoolers around the different types of places in your town. Then, ask the children to build the place and talk about the people who work there. 


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