Who loves LEGO®? We love LEGO®!! We place a big importance on self-directed learning and things like building blocks, always-available craft supplies and LEGO are a big part of that. So, we have lots of LEGO in our learning area. Today, I asked Jaida how she wanted to practice her addition facts (review, review, review!) and she wanted LEGO!! So, I created this free printable LEGO Addition Mat for greater than/less than, to not only help her with math facts, but challenge her to think deeper and recognize the relationships between different addition problems.
Materials needed for the LEGO Addition Mat for Greater Than/Less Than:
Dry-erase crayon or marker
To prep: Print and laminate all the pages. Laminating the recording page is optional, but it will allow you to use it multiple times without printing extra copies.
Cut apart the addition fact cards & the math symbols (greater than, less than, equal to).
Put the LEGO bricks in a small tray (so they don’t fall all over the place, of course.)
To use: Put the addition fact cards in a pile. Choose two and place them on the large rectangles of the LEGO addition mat.
Then have the student build each problem using the LEGO bricks. Using the bricks adds a bit of fine-motor practice to the activity which is important for developing good handwriting skills. And it’s much more fun than handwriting practice.
We found that it was helpful to do each number of the addition problem in a unique color, so that we could visualize the problem.
So, 2+3 was 2 red bricks and 3 orange bricks.
Then, after solving both problems, the kids can hold the “sums” hold by side to determine what was greater than, less than or equal to.
Jaida loved stacking the bricks a little crazy.
No reason not to add some fun to math!!
Then, have the student write their answers on the recording sheet. You could have them take some pictures with an iPad for easy assessment. My daughter loves taking pictures of things.
Download the LEGO Addition Mat here.
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