Multi-Sensory Learning with LEGOs

by Kelsey Norwood

in Reviews,Uncategorized

LEGO has been a favorite brand for my family for decades, and my kids love LEGOs just as much as my brothers did when they were young. Building toys are so classic and LEGO has really perfected the art of building play with their products.

This new line, LEGO DUPLO Read & Build, combines the best of two worlds – building and reading, two of my boy’s favorite things. AND Elliot is learning how to read so this product is even more perfect – he can practice reading while he builds and plays.

We started reading lessons a few months ago and as we get further and our lessons get longer, Elliot’s attention sometimes wanes. The BUSY FARM LEGO brick and book set is perfect because Elliot can practice his reading while he uses his hands. Learning through multiple senses simultaneously is so effective and combining sight, hearing, and touch is an amazing way to engage these busy little boy’s bodies and brains.

The LEGO DUPLO Read & Build sets come with a short and simple board book and a set of DUPLO building blocks with pieces to build a chicken, pig, sheep, and horse.

Elliot is a new reader and can read many but not all of the words in the story so it’s great for him to work on learning new words and practicing reading above his current level.

Each page of the story includes a picture of the blocks to use to build an animal, so as you read, the child can listen, look at the pictures, and then build an animal.

Not only is the story fun and engaging, but the picture of how to build the animal is great for kids to learn to follow visual instructions. Figuring out how to make their animal look like the one in the picture by arranging the pieces in the same way is an important and challenging preschool skill – this activity is great practice!

Elliot loves to practice his reading with this book and Gus sits alongside and builds the animals. It’s a fantastic learning activity for them both!

So far there are three Read & Build sets: Grow Caterpillar Grow!, Busy Farm, and Let’s Go! Vroom! Which is your favorite??? How do you think LEGO DUPLO Read & Build will help your child learn to read? Leave a comment below and you will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a $100 LEGO gift card!

Visit LEGO.com to see other Read & Build sets and order online. Check out BlogHer.com to find other reviews and more ways you can enter to win.

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 7/11 – 8/19/12.

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1 Kelly Massman July 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I believe that any time you had a kinetic activity with reading and learning that it is more meaningful and therefore more likely to be remembered! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
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2 Melanie July 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

My daughter loves reading but I’d like to get her more interested in blocks, etc. so this is great!

3 kiersten July 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

This is so darn cute! My little guy would love it.

4 kiersten July 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Here is the link to my tweet about the contest: https://twitter.com/kierstenkariya/status/223910586579292161 Thanks!

5 Heather July 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

You’re so right about how helpful learning through multiple senses is for children. The progress is amazing to watch! Read & Build will help because it’s interactive. He’ll love building the characters from the stories and seeing them take shape as he goes!

6 Melonie July 14, 2012 at 7:44 am

I just love this idea! My four year old loves his lego sets but this would just boost his creativity and confidence while practicing reading. Sooo cool!

7 Amy W. July 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

I just found your blog from Blogher and am happy to see such a fun giveaway! We are also huge Lego fans in our house (3 boys). It’s a genius idea that they are now incorporating books with their blocks. My 5 year old learned how to follow instructions with Legos, but now that there will be words/story to go along with building…that’s great! It will help him put those words into action.

8 Amy Tong July 15, 2012 at 12:58 am

I think it’s a great product! I believe the LEGO DUPLO Read & Build will help my kids learn to read with all those fun colors block building and interaction. For sure this is a lot more fun than just reading the book.

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9 Amy Tong July 15, 2012 at 12:58 am

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10 Richelle F July 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Those are all very cute. I think I like the caterpillar one the best.

11 Jessie C. July 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

DDs love LEGO, this combination is such a great motivation to them in reading while playing with LEGO.
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12 Jessie C. July 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm
13 Tiffany Winner July 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm

i think it would help because she loves interactive stories
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14 Brooke July 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I love the combination of Lego and reading! Such a wonderful idea. I would hope that building and reading would over time help with word recognition.

15 Brooke July 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm
16 Brett Emerson July 18, 2012 at 5:09 am

This could help my child learn by engaging them in an activity that helps them truly interact with the text, by way of the building blocks. Very cool product!

17 anash July 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

my kids would love this! thks for a giveaway

18 Jill July 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

this would really engage my 3 year old who is trying to read more on her own! she loves her duplos and wants pink and princess ones, this gc would help us add to her collection for sure!

19 Jill July 18, 2012 at 9:10 am
20 Julia Magnusson @ It's Not Like a Cat July 18, 2012 at 10:38 am

My sons would love the farm book!

21 Tina M July 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I think it would help them to think and read

22 Tina M July 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm
23 Krista July 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

A couple of my kids have Sensory Processing Disorder
And ADHD – it helps them to concentrate when they have something
In their hands to fidget with while at circle time for reading. These would be perfect
As they can concentrateon building and the story!

24 Brandy July 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm

This would encourage fine motor skills as well as early reading.

25 Erika July 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

We are hoping to homeschool, and I think this would be a fun addition to our daily schedule!

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26 sandra July 23, 2012 at 7:17 am

it will add extra incentive and excitement to reading

27 Heather Lovell July 26, 2012 at 3:54 am

My son absolutely LOVES legos. I think the key to learning is engaging the child, capturing their attention, working with their imagination. I think the Lego Duplo Read and Build, would be fun for my son. And when your having fun, learning is easy. Incorporating something he loves, likes legos, and adding in books (which he loves), would be a great tool to helping my son polish up his reading skills. This would be wonderful!

28 Heather Lovell July 26, 2012 at 3:56 am
29 Amy @ A Little Nosh July 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

This is great…it’ll keep my son engaged. Reading and playing together is a great combination!

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30 sy July 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm
31 Rebecca Graham August 4, 2012 at 12:45 am

The Lego activity will encourage reading.

32 Karina Lee August 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm

this makes it fun to learn to read

33 Karina Lee August 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm
34 Gina M August 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

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35 Gina M August 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

I think it will help my son with reading because he will be able to connect the pictures and what he can build with what the book is talking about.

Thanks for the chance to win!
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36 Danielle Meek August 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

I think the fact that my 3 year old can engage in the storyline along with building will encourage him!
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37 Nicole F. August 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

We actually own the Busy Farm Read and Build Kit. I love that my boys can easily follow the directions of building the animals and that they want to look at the book. I know that is the start of reading-looking at the pictures, and “reading” their own story. Soon they’ll be reading the book on their own!

38 Jeffrey August 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Both my boys love Legos. I saved my sets from when I was younger and they play with those also. Lego Duplo Read and Build is an excellent idea for kids that are interested and reading and definitely for those that aren’t. My oldest has fun putting together Lego sets using the instructions and making things off the top of his head. Legos in general are a great learning tool.

39 Jeffrey August 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm
40 Jennifer Hansen August 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

My daughter is absolutely obsessed with Legos – we are hoping to go to Legoland later this fall with her. jenniferlynnhansen at yahoo dot com

41 shannon j August 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

They all look like fun! I think my favorite would be the “Busy Farm” set. My boys (3 and 1) would love to build the animals and make their sounds as I read the story to them. Thanks for the chance to win! What a fun giveaway!

:)

42 maria cantu August 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm

The kids already love legos so this will be very exciting to see them having fun and learning at the same time.

43 Erica Best August 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

i have a 5 year old nephew who is going to school this year and this would help to learn to read because it hands on reading

44 Erica Best August 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm
45 Tabathia B August 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

Because it’s an interactive book with pictures that shows how to build and design with blocks

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46 Tabathia B August 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

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47 Betty C August 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

All three of these look like books that would keep any child interested. It’s a great way for them to be able to say “I did it myself”

48 Nancy Bennett August 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

I am a grandma for 3 children and will be teaching one preschool this school year. This is perfect for my 4 year old grandson. They all love Legos. I look forward to finding these books and Lego kits in stores to use with him.

49 Betty C August 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm
50 anash August 19, 2012 at 2:58 am
51 angie lilly August 19, 2012 at 8:48 am

Grow Caterpillar Grow! is my fav. If you can keep a kid’s attention and keep them laughing and interested, you are going to be able to teach them anything. These work under that premise.

52 angie lilly August 19, 2012 at 8:49 am

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