Our preschoolers just LOVE blocks. They especially love LEGO and specifically asked if we could get, and I quote"
"Every, every kind of every LEGO."
Well, imagine how EXCITED they were when I told them that the Lego company sent me a box of new Legos!
AND that the asked if I would write a review about the product and let them know what I thought?!
They asked what a review was. We discussed it for a bit and one of the children concluded that:
"Miss Cheryl, WE should review because, you know, you're older and, you know, we are not older. So, yeah. Let the kids review."
Well, we took out the other blocks we had and built together. During this time, they decided I was "qualified" to play with, and therefore, review toys.
So, I brought the LEGO into the classroom the following day.
Here is what the LEGO Education company sent me to review:
Build Me "Emotions"
188 Pieces-Yes, we counted!
So much to create!
When we took the box out, the children did what children do with a new toy......especially LEGO.....
They screeched a little and then dumped them all out! I just sat and watched the fun happen!
I did not introduce the faces on the LEGO or the emotions they displayed.
I did not introduce the building cards that were in the box or what to do with them.
I think too many times we feel we need to "explain" everything to children and do not let them explore, discuss, question, investigate and just use materials!
"Look! I have a sad dude!"
The children immediately got to work checking them out. They built flying cars, people, robots, whatever their imagination lead them to create! And, they had stories to go with them:
"She is sad."
"She is sad because it's raining.
Her hat is too small.
Cuz it's a snow hat.
She wants it to snow today.
She likes to play in snow with her dog."
"This can fly. It can take me where I want right now."
Me: "Where do you want to go right now."
"Potty. Then to see my Mom."
...........You KNOW you are smiling at that one!.........
"This can fly!"
"Can we save it?"
"This is from the paper. Can we save it?
Can we take a picture in case it gets broken so I can make it again?"
Yes! Yes we can to both! We have this saved in the box and also have printed out this picture so he can build it again.
Even though-he did build it based on the building card, it was important to him to document this accomplishment!
The Building Cards
The set came with 8 building cards. Each card is double-side with different pictures on each side:
8 Building Cards...
...they are double sided!
Now, I did not read the "instructions" that came with the Legos, so I did not notice what a very astute preschooler did just by observing:
"Miss Cheryl, why are some pictures blue and some green?"
Scared -Blue frame
Scared- Green frame!
...winking green frame!
"Hmmm.....why indeed?! I'm don't know why. Good observation. I didn't notice that! Let's read the paper that came with the LEGO and find out!"
So, he found the paper and all 12 children were gathered around to find out what it said. I read to them:
"Teacher Tip: The green border on the building cards indicates a less-challenging model, and the blue border indicates a more-challenging model."
A resounding, "What does that mean?" later, and before I could respond, one of the children said "It means the green ones are not as hard. The blue ones are more hard to do."
Primary Learning Values--According to the company-
According to the information from LEGO Education, the primary learning values of this product are:
Social and emotional development including:
--sense of self
--recognizing and understanding emotions
We did observe these developmental areas discussed throughout the morning.
In addition to their stated values and goals for the product, we observed so much more learning happening (as we all will when children are engaged in any type of play).
We observed preschool math process skill development (more challenging/less challenging in the discussion above; in counting how many pieces they needed and how many building cards there were, sorting the Legos by size, shape, number of "bumps" and other attributes, etc.).
We observed language development as they discussed what challenging meant, as they described the faces of the items they were building, and as they told stories about their creations.
We observed small and large motor development being used and challenged: Small motor as they built their creations Large motor as they used them (as flying cars or people walking in the rain) as well as by tossing them from a distance back into the box at the end of the morning.
We observed eye-hand coordination being practiced.
We observed color recognition being practiced and perfected!
Summary: Play Is The Way!
What we observed was children developing, learning and growing:
No amount of worksheets will ever succeed providing the type of learning and understanding that happens through hands-on play.
So-What Did We Think Of Them?
Well, they are LEGO. We LOVE LEGO already. And this new set did not disappoint! They are the perfect addition to our selection of blocks!
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