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 math games in our learning area. Today, I asked Jaida how she wanted to practice her addition facts (review, review, review!) and she wanted LEGO addition activities!! So, I created this free printable LEGO Addition Mat for Greater Than/Less Than. Hopefully it will also challenge her to think deeper and recognize the relationships between different addition to 20 problems.

#### Lego Greater Than/Less Than Supplies:

• Printer/Ink
• Laminating Supplies
• Legos
• Paper Cutter
• Pencil/Marker/Dry Erase Marker

## Learning Greater Than/Less Than Activities

##### MATH ACTIVITIES FOR KINDERGARTEN

KINDERGARTEN ADDITION ACTIVITIES ARE MORE BENEFICIAL WHEN THEY ARE HANDS-ON ADDITION ACTIVITIES! YOUR KIDS WILL FEEL LIKE KINDERGARTEN MATH IS ALL ABOUT PLAY!

One of the reasons I LOVE these Lego mats (there are many), is the visual representation of math addition up to 20. As kids build each digit, they can SEE which sum is larger/smaller.

Once they have build a Lego tower for each number and compared the sums, they can begin to practice math vocabulary: greater than/less than, sum, larger/smaller, most/least, etc. There are many ways to say the same thing!

As your child works with each addition equation on the Lego math activity, encourage conversation that sharpens math skills, number sense and vocabulary:

• Is 2+9 the same as 9+2? Why? How can you show that with Legos?
• Which sum is larger? How do you know just by looking at the Legos?
• Why is it easier to use the same color for each digit?
• What is the opposite of addition/subtraction?

## What Can Children Learn While Building Numbers With Legos?

##### LEGO MATH WORKSHEETS AND GAMES

HANDS-ON NUMBER BUILDING FAR OUT-BENEFITS KINDERGARTEN ADDITION WORKSHEETS. KIDS NEED TO SEE QUANTITIES VISUALLY TO FORM SOLID NUMBER SENSE.

Here are some other math concepts covered with this addition game:

• Comparisons
• Visual representations

## Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Basic Math Facts?

Fluency and automaticity with basic facts provides a solid foundation for students, making them ready for more complex tasks.

## Build Number Sense

Playing math games improves number sense which is the ability to understand, compare/contrast, count, skip count, and relate numbers to each other.

## Automaticity for Math Facts

When children effortlessly (automatically) know basic math facts, it makes more complex computations easier.

## Learn Math Vocabulary

Encouraging kids to use math vocabulary while playing games (sum/difference/total/greater than/less than)is a meaningful way to practice.

## Practice Cooperative Learning Skills

Simple games with partners or small groups give kids a lot of practice with social skills, like taking turns, following rules, and winning/losing.

## How to Make This Lego Addition Mat for Greater Than/Less Than

### 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. (These are our favorite go-to laminating pouches).

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 Play:

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.

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.

### Next:

Then, after solving both problems, the kids can hold the “sums” side by side to determine which is greater than, less than or equal to.

### Finally:

Students will write their answers on the recording sheet. You could have them take some pictures with an iPad for easy assessment.

Use a laminated recording sheet for repeated use.

## Extend the Activity

### Change It Up

Don’t have a ton of Legos? Use pom poms or connecting cubes to compare quantities with the Lego mat or any other kindergarten math worksheet for addition.

### Slide Rule

Make a slide rule with pipe cleaners and beads for each math fact. Kids can slide one color bead onto the top, a different color on the bottom, then slide them together to find the sum.

Any math addition to 20 worksheet or game will be more valuable if you encourage talking: say the fact, say the sum, say it backwards, make it into a subtraction problem, etc.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.

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