Awesome LEGO Reading Aids Kids Can Make
Today I am sharing a preview activity from my book The Unofficial Guide to Learning with LEGO®. These three LEGO Reading Aids are simple tools to use LEGO® to engage readers of any skill level, from emerging to eager.
These LEGO Reading Aids are totally quick and easy to put together. You could surprise your LEGO® lover with a reading aid and a new LEGO® Reading Book, or you could do this project together to lend more ownership to the reading aid. Maybe your LEGO® Builder will come up with an original design! (Hint: Come by our Learning With LEGO® Facebook Group to share your creations!)
LEGO Reading Aids
For the book, we were working on making simple LEGO® shadow puppets out of bricks and out of LEGO® Minifigures (which was a total hit with my kids by the way). As we were playing with them my daughter used the LEGO® Minifugure one to point to to things around the room.
I thought, hey I wonder if we could use that as a reading pointer! It totally worked, and my kindergartner loved reading with him. For our shadow puppet I just inserted a pinched plastic straw between the LEGO® Minifigure's legs. It does fall off if you bump him though, so you might want to try a craft stick or a thicker straw if you want to use it long term.
I wanted to try to make a few different styles of reading pointers, so next I thought I'd try to make one look like a pointer finger on a hand. It was super simple, but here is the breakdown of the shapes in case it's not so obvious.
Last but not least, I remembered how I had a hard time reading as a kid and how it helped to isolate each line as I went. I made a simple window cut out reading aid to try to achieve that effect.
If you like these ideas, you simply must check out our hot new release The Unofficial Guide to Learning with LEGO®.
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I really like the window reader–I’ve got a kid who has trouble with “full” pages. And hey, try sticking a bit of cardboard in the top of the straw to make it thicker.