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Let's Build Character August

Let's Build Character

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

Build Early Math Skills

LEGO® Education Preschool solutions extend the inherent fun and limitless creativity of LEGO® and LEGO® DUPLO® bricks, enabling teachers to deliver engaging and playful learning experiences. This lays the foundation for the childrens' future character.

We think of early math as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Still, there are more basic skills that are needed first. Preschoolers need to learn counting, sorting, patterning, and even fractions by having fun and through role-playing with their friends.

Below, learn more about how LEGO Education supports engaging and impactful play in preschools, read our insightful research papers, and find an inspiration activity to get you started today.

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Role-Play and Early Math skills

Preschoolers enjoy pretending and role-playing different situations. One instance of role-play is a kitchen, where one child gets to be a chef and another gets to be a patron. The more roles added, the more kids can join. While playing, children acquire many relevant skills, such as speaking, listening, and collaboration. Additionally, they are also counting while making change, adding while coming up with the bill, and using fractions when sharing food. Cafe + from LEGO® Education enables this fun and playful learning environment by teaching:

  • Counting
  • Sorting
  • Simple addition & subtraction
  • Fractions
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Research & Insights

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

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Creativty and self esteem
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Discover the community

Read about how play can help preschool children discover their community

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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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Imagination & Creativity

Read more about the importance of imagination and creativity.

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Read more about developing responsible citizens together.

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When the children are role playing they connect so many important facets of their learning. We help them to see the world through someone else’s eyes. They literally put on someone else’s shoes. All the important social skills can start with a simple role play

Gail, nursery teacher, Cambridge UK

Activities to Try in Your Preschool Classroom

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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