Using Legos to Teach Homeschool HistoryTicia Messing
Do you have young children? Do you have LEGO fanatics? In my house one seems to follow the other, so I have a lot of LEGO blocks. A lot.
A few years ago I was teaching the kids about the Battles of Lexington and Concord. An exciting topic, but their eyes were starting to glaze over.
We’ve all seen the look, the “I can’t hear you because I’ve been sitting still too long look.”
You’re about to wipe that look off their face!
Tell your kids to get LEGOs for history today
And not just a few but a lot. In particular get minifigures. Now locate a flat working area. Your kitchen table will do, or if you have a big map that’s even better.
Have them act out history with the LEGO minifigures. It doesn’t have to be too complicated. The figures don’t even have to make sense for the story.
My kids are still retelling the time we used a taun-taun for a horse. The more absurd, the more they will remember their story.
As you read through your lessons, think of ways you can represent them with LEGOs.
Can your kids build the monument with their LEGOs?
Most great battles or wars have monuments built in honor of them. Try to make a LEGO model of that monument.
Recreate famous scenes with your Legos. Maybe sign that peace treaty at Versailles with LEGOs.
We attempted to build the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. We ran out of LEGO plants, and the kids improvised. But they remember it.
Recreate famous journeys with your LEGOs
This year as we go through The Mystery of History Volume II, there are a lot of journeys. Patrick traveled all over Europe. The barbarians raided up and down the southern parts of Europe, and the Vikings traveled over to America. All of this happened in LEGO re-enactment at our house. We dug up a rowboat from the pirate set for the Vikings. Another Viking ship was just a flat LEGO with several figures on it. These minifigs discovered America and built homes. Actually they first discovered Iceland.
I’m eagerly looking forward to Marco Polo because I can imagine the epic LEGO builds we will have with the trade routes!
Enact famous battles with LEGOs
The taun-taun I mentioned above is from the Punic wars and our lessons about small arms combat. It’s one thing to be told the Greeks fought in a phalanx, and a completely different thing to see it acted out with your toys.
In the story at the beginning of the post, I cleared off our train table, and using index cards as labels, our LEGO minifigures were busy acting out the Battle of Lexington and Concord for everyone to see. It was epic and glorious, and the sound effects my boys made were loud and many.
Four years later they can still tell you about the battle, so it stuck.
That is the key question with these role play lessons — did the lesson stick? And with our LEGO history it has.