Learn to read with LEGO pond animals! Tips for how to teach your child to learn to read simple sentences during pond themed playtime with LEGOS.
My kids like to build with LEGO’s. We have been working on using more describing words to tell about our structures. This week, my preschooler is trying to use color words more often. We are learning about ponds and so he was trying to build some pond animals. Amazon affiliate links.
“Look Mom, I made a yellow duck!”
Transitioning Kids from Building with LEGO’s to Reading Sentences.
My 5 year old son is right on the cusp of beginning to sound out words on his own, I am trying to make sure to sneak in a reading activity into every day. From building with LEGO Duplo’s we easily transitioned into reading sentences. Here is how:
“That’s right, you made a yellow duck. What other pond animals can you build with LEGO’s” I asked? He reached for the green right away.
“A green frog he said.” and started to build. While he was building – I RAN to get my sentence strips and a marker. By the time I found both, he had the frog done.
“Hey, that’s pretty neat.” I said, ” Can you tell me about it?”
“It’s a green frog.” He replied.
“Did you know we could make a sentence about your green frog?” I asked excitedly (holding the marker ready.)
“Really?” he looked at me.
” I made a ____ ____.” I wrote down. As I wrote the letters I said the sounds. When I finished writing, I put my finger under each word and read the sentence. I made a _____ ____.
“What should we put in this empty space?” I asked.
“blue frog” he answered. So, I wrote the words blue and frog on two more pieces. We continued building and writing more pond animals. The LEGO animals “loosely” resembled the animals they represented. Here are some pond animals we made:
- yellow duck
- green frog
- green turtle
- red fish
- yellow lizard
- brown toad
After he built each pond animal, I wrote the color word and the pond animal name on a card. He put the cards on the sentence and we read it together.
When we were done, I put the cards right in the box with the LEGO’s.
I’m hoping that the next time he opens it, he will start reading and building on his own.
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STEP by STEP Learn to Read Simple Sentences with LEGO Pond Animals
1. Build a pond animal.
2. Write the sentence, “I made a ____ ____.” on a piece of paper or sentence strip.
3. Write the color word and animal name on the sentence strip. Cut each word separately.
4. Place the cards on the sentence blanks.
5. Read the words together, pointing at each word as it is read.
6. Encourage your child to read the sentence independently.
7. Place the sentence strip and word cards in the LEGO bucket to be used again another day. (the more you read, the better you get!)
More Pond Learning Activities
- Simple Pond Sensory Play and Small World by Fun-A-Day
- Five Little Ducks on the Pond Gross Motor Activity by Life Over C’s
- Preschool Writing Activities: Letter Pond Sensory Tray by Growing Book by Book
- Frog Pond Alphabet Activity by Mom Inspired Life
- Jello Pond Dive- Sight Word Match by Learning 2 Walk
- Wax Resist Pond Art by Rainy Day Mum
- Healthy Green ‘Pond Water’ Smoothies to Make with Kids by Capri + 3
- Learn to Read Simple Sentences with LEGO Pond Animals by The Educators’ Spin On It
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Pond Themed Books for Kids
Here are some Pond Themed Books to go along with this LEGO Pond Animal Activity.
For more LEGO learning activity ideas
- LEGO Inspired Story Retelling of The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- LEGO Garden Preschool Math
- Preschool Writing Activities Inspired by LEGO DUPLO
- Preschool Reading Activities Inspired by LEGO DUPLO
- Easy LEGO Memory Game
Kristianne R says
I love,love this idea! I think this is just what we need to do with my soon to be Kindergartner.
Cerys Parker says
What a fun activity – I love that duplo tub as well what a fabulous collection of different bricks.
Natasha Johnson says
Love that you played off what he was into for that moment. I will be trying to use what they are into from now on to encourage their reading.
Growing Book by Book says
I love everything about this! I can't wait to do this with my Lego obsessed son. He will love it especially since he told me this week he wants to learn to read.
Danielle Buckley says
This is fantastic! It is perfect for my son. Thanks!
Theresa A says
I can picture you excitedly having your son fill in the blank and make a sentence! So fun. Our kids would love this.