I came across this photo via Pinterest last week and thought the concept had real potential.
I find attaching images to Lego a bit fiddly and I can’t imagine it’s much fun for the kids to fumble around trying to put them together either but how’s about doing the same thing onto giant Jenga pieces, Duplo or even cardboard boxes? They’d be great as an interactive outdoor activity that could also be left out during playtime or lunch.
A few ideas I had…
You could turn the idea into something as simple or complex as you like.
For Nursery it could just be a case of matching 2 farm animal pieces together like a jigsaw (shown in the Pinterest image).
For Reception it could be matching 3 pieces together to create a ‘person who helps us’ or why not try simple addition?
The idea could take you right the way up to year six where you could have them matching equivalent fractions.
Subject ideas for EYFS/KS1
Literacy – Matching phonic sounds to words or pictures that contain the sound or hows about letting them create rhyming strings from pictures or words?
Maths – grouping 3D or 2D shapes, matching O’clock times to clock faces or simple addition
Topic – matching animals and their baby names or products, sorting dinosaurs or what about life cycle matching?
Subject ideas for KS2
PE/Literacy – a relay race using boxes or bricks with prefixes/suffixes or contractions written on them which they must then add to a word.
MFL – Linking French words to their picture – ‘Tete’ and a picture of a head
Maths – Time matching analogue and digital
Science – joining pieces to create a working circuit
RE – matching key symbols to their religions
History – great for time lines or artefact matching
Geography – photographs of mountains and they must decide the type of mountain that each one is and match
ICT – matching short cuts to their functions
Art – building famous paintings and matching them to the artist who created them
If you think about it you could use this idea for any age, ability level, subject and topic….that’s why I LOVE IT!
A word of advice
If you are planning on using your lego/duplo etc then DON’T use cello-tape! You’ll never get rid of it without a good scrub and you’ll probably waste a lot of time and energy covering the whole image in tape. Sticky back plastic is far better suited for the job. Not only is it easier to peel off but you can cover the whole surface of the image quickly and it means it’ll be kept in good condition whilst it’s outside.
If you’re planning on using cardboard boxes then inject some colour with a bit of wrapping paper first. The children will be more likely to engage with the idea if the boxes look a bit more exciting than last week’s Walkers crisp box.
Finding the images
Colouring books are great for photocopying from and enlarging or just a good old internet search always works well for me.
You can also get the children to create the games too.
So put the dull and repetitive Duplo blocks to good use – if you put your creative cap on I think you’ll be surprised what fantastic reusable activities you could create.