Spelling with LEGO Letters and How to Make Your Own!

Spelling with LEGO Letters - This Reading Mama

While awake at 4am the other morning {Yes. 4am}, I was contemplating how I could combine ALuv’s obsession with LEGO bricks and my love for hands-on spelling.  As I mulled over how this could be done, an idea popped into my head. Since ALuv has a HUGE bucket of LEGO bricks (we easily have over 5,000), I knew he wouldn’t miss a handful of them!
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How to Make Your Own LEGO Bricks for Spelling


1.  I collected the LEGO bricks.  My two “helpers” assisted me in pulling out the needed LEGO pieces. {Okay, so they really built cars while I did all the work, but good help can be hard to come by these days! If I’d only been as organized as Carisa, this would not have taken so long.}

 

sorting LEGO bricks for shapes of letters

2.  I sorted the LEGO bricks.  The red LEGO bricks I reserved for vowels, the smaller bricks (2 x 2) I used for short consonants, such as c, m, n, v, etc.  And the 3 x 2 LEGO bricks were for tall consonants (b, d, t, l, etc.) or consonants with a “tail” (p, q, j, etc.).

 

making LEGO letters for spelling

3. I wrote the letters on each LEGO brick.  I placed all the bumps facing to the right and wrote with an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie. (Update: we’ve had our bricks for 3 years and not one letter has come off.)

I created 3 of each vowel and common consonant and 2 of every other consonant (except q and x I only made one of). When all LEGO bricks are kept with the bumps facing to the right, the b, d, q, and g will not fit together if they are turned the wrong way, so it helps to limit letter confusion.  I took it one step further and wrote all the b‘s on yellow blocks, the d‘s on light green, and the p‘s on white, just to solidify their differences.

 

Spelling with LEGO Letters

sorting letters by their shape with LEGO bricks
1.  We sorted the Lego letters by “shape” (short letters, tall letters, letters with “tails”).

2. I modeled how to click them together correctly so that the letters retained their “shape”.

3. I called out sight words and he built them.  These are the words he made: and, can, go, look, like, off, is, stop, the & you.

spelling sight words with LEGO Letters

Once we got into the lesson, this reminded me of the Reading Rods I used in the classroom with my Kinders and 1st graders (only cheaper, since we already owned the LEGO bricks).

 

Variation & Extension Ideas with LEGO Letters

I knew NJoy {age 2.5} would want to be right in there with us, so I made some letter blocks for him out of the DUPLO LEGO  bricks-upper case on one side and lower case on the other.  This way MBug {almost 1 year} can play, too while ALuv’s smaller LEGO pieces stay on the table.

writing letters on DUPLO LEGO bricks for toddlers
NJoy naming his letters. He LOVES letters!

shapes of words with LEGO Letters

I also created a couple of worksheets for ALuv on A to Z Teacher Stuff.  He did this one as independent work the next day.  He totally LOVED doing this! For the worksheet, he had to: 1) look at the words at the top, 2) build the words with his LEGO letters, and 3) write the correct word in each word shape puzzle. This can even make a worksheet hands-on spelling!

 

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Comments

  1. I made a set of these for my son, who is in first grade. He absolutly Loves them. He hates rainbow writing his spelling words, but building them with Legos is awsome. I do make him practice writing the word along with the lego spelling, but the everyday lego practice has got him 100%’s on all his tests so far. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the idea!

  2. Wow! I love how you worked out a learning lesson with LEGO and word configuration!

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