Lego building blocks have remained a classic kid’s toy and so many kids love to build their own little world through Lego. With the introduction of the Lego Duplo line, these toys now also cater for a younger population, making them a favourite amongst toddlers as well. Lego is an excellent tool for language and development and can be integrated into a number of speech pathology goals.
Here are just a few great ideas for introducing Lego for the purpose of Language development
1. Prepositions such as ‘in’, ‘on’, ‘under’, ‘behind’, ‘in front’ and ‘next to’ are great goals to target when working with Lego. You and your child can set up structures such as houses, barnyards and castles together. Then get your child to tell you where he or she wants to put the people, animals or objects. E.g. ‘Put the duck behind the barn’ or ‘put the person in the house’. At the end your child can describe to you where everyone is hiding as well using the same prepositions.
2. Size concepts such as ‘big’ and ‘small’ can be taught through Lego as well. This can be done in a similar manner where the child must describe to you what type of Lego they would like. E.g. ‘can I have a small piece’ or ‘can I have a big piece’.
3. Following two step instructions can also be targeted with Lego. Do this by handing your child two pieces of Lego and providing a two step instruction such as “put the yellow Lego piece on the board and the red Lego piece on the top of it” for your child to follow.
4. Two step instructions can also be targeted in conjunction with Temporal Concepts such as ‘before’ and ‘after’. Teach your child to follow instructions such as ‘Place the yellow Lego piece on the car before you place the red Lego piece on the car”.
5. Vocabulary such as colour names and shape names can also be taught using Lego. Ask your child to describe what they have build using colour and shape names.
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This article was written by our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. If you have speech pathology related questions, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with simple and effective therapy targeted to your concerns. Contact us today.