Lots of LEGO for Language Skills

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lego-speech-language-activityEveryone likes to have fun while they are actually doing work, and kids are no different. The use of LEGO toys within speech and language creates a wide variety of activities. The best part is that while kids are using LEGO bricks and mini-figures, they may not be aware of the speech and language skills that you are working on at the same time. Many of the suggestions below may be tweaked to work on the areas that each child has in within their annual goals.

LEGO Word Family Towers

The larger Duplo LEGO blocks are the perfect size to use for a rhyming word lesson. Some children may have more difficulty with saying words when the onset is changed and the ending is the same. To help with this, word family towers will provide a less tedious way to practice this skill with children of all ages. In addition to the Duplo blocks, you will need return mailing labels, scissors, and markers. Ahead of time, cut the labels in half length wise and write words from different word families on each label. These will then be placed onto the LEGO blocks.

Word family examples:

  • -at – cat, mat, bat, hat, flat, rat, sat…
  • -ack – pack, black, back, sack, lack…
  • -en – men, pen, hen, when…
  • -op – hop, mop, flop, crop, pop…

Place the LEGO blocks that have words on them in a pile in front of your group or individual. Have them build towers with words that rhyme (same word family). Encourage them to say the words as they are gathering them together. When the towers are finished practice the words from top to bottom, discuss how they rhyme and that the endings of each of the groups are the same. Challenge each child to use the words in a sentence and go back and forth to make it into a story. This will encourage confidence when speaking and when something that is not expected comes up.

Mini-Figure Guess Who

The board game Guess Who is great to use in speech sessions, but sometimes you need to mix things up a bit. If you have a variety of LEGO mini-figures, you can make your own version without the game board. Pick a certain amount of mini-figures to use. Place them in front of your student, and pick one out in your mind. Have them ask questions about the mini-figures to narrow down which one you have picked. Is it wearing a hat?  Does it have a beard? Is it a girl? Does it have white pants? Keep going until they want to make a guess. Mix up the mini-figures and start over and let another person take a different role. This works on asking questions, descriptive words, and articulation when speaking.

Connecting with those at home is key. Ask families if they have Lego items to practice items. If they do, send home ideas for them to utilize their LEGO bricks at home. Be sure to give them word family lists and ways to mix up Mini-Figure Guess Who.  Be sure to send home instructions in friendly ways so multilingual households will be able to enjoy these activities together.

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