What can you make with 100 Legos?
100 is a BIG number, and this is a BIG question that has a powerful outcome.
The truth is, the number 100 is pretty abstract. Young children know it is a large number, but what do 100 objects look like?
What exactly is 100?
And how can I count 100 Legos without it being too overwhelming?
This activity is a great way to allow your child the flexibility to create, problem-solve, and explore new ideas, all while they explore what the number 100 looks like.
This idea came from the 100th day of school.
If your child attends Kindergarten, it is likely they celebrate the 100th day of school.
Throughout the school year, children count school days with straws or sticks.
Each group of ten gets bundled together with a rubber band.
When your child reaches the 100th day of school, they have ten groups of 10. This activity helps a child visualize what 100 looks like and how to break the number apart.
When I create activities for my child, I keep a few things in mind:
- Is my child interested in the action? Here, it is building. My children love to construct with Legos.
- Does my child have time to explore the idea in front of him, or are we rushed?
- Can my child take this idea and create his own variations?
I knew this idea was a good fit for all three of my children (preschool, Kindergarten, and second grade) because they all enjoy building.
I said, What can you build with 100 Legos?
The rest of the activity is up to my child!
My child would build something with all the Legos together in my vision. No Legos? Try this variation with blocks!
As my four-year-old worked, he had other plans!
This flexibility is essential for learning development.
Rather than build a large object, he decided it was best to create ten different things in each color. Yes! Something unexpected and from his thinking.
Keeping this flexible allows my child to take the lead on:
- Decision making
- Taking ownership in his play
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To set up, I collected ten groups of Legos
First, my four-year-old and I collect ten Legos in every color. We keep our Legos in these Lego storage drawers.
I use painter’s tape to help organize the different groups of ten.
PRO TIP: Putting 100 Legos in front of my child could overwhelm him and distract him from the play prompt.
Instead of a giant pile, I like to break it into smaller color groups. It is more appealing to the eye.
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Look! My second grader also enjoyed this!
Great ideas encourage play from multiple ages. When my second grader came home from school, he joined the building.
Working together added cooperation and team building. These two don’t always work well together, and the combined interest with construction helped bring the two ideas together!