Friday, April 27, 2012

Spelling with LEGO Minifigures

My son has been begging me to create another LEGO activity. Since the last one (our Under Construction Greater Than/Less Than game) was way back in August, I couldn’t say no. With the end-of-the-week spelling test looming, I thought it would be a good time to practice.

To make our “I say it, you spell it” lesson more exciting, I grabbed the drawer from my son’s LEGO organizer with all the minifigures (aka “people parts”).

Empty egg carton and spelling list in hand, I wrote the letters of his first spelling word inside two strips of paper with six boxes in each strip. I scrambled the letters and added extra letters so each box was filled. Then I put one strip above the egg carton and one below. I added specific minifigure parts to the egg carton compartments that had the letters in his spelling word and then tossed extra parts into the empty compartments.

I made strips for eight words. Now it was time to test his spelling abilities. I told him the word and he wrote it down.

Then he looked for the letters on the strips and grabbed the corresponding LEGO minifigure piece from the egg carton.

Spelling Word: might

If he spelled the word right, he had the correct body parts to make a figure (e.g. he had the knight’s torso and knights pants, not two heads and a pair of pants).

When he was done with this word, I moved the carton out of his view, swapped the strips of paper, and reloaded the egg carton with new minifigure pieces.

This was tons of fun for my son, even though the week’s spelling words were easy for him (he even got the challenge word – frightening – spelled right; it was so many letters long, I had to have him make two figures for that one!).

When the activity was over, there was no grumbling that he still wanted more “playtime” with Mom. After all, he had nine minifigures beckoning!


  1. Wow! This is an amazing idea! My son loves Lego and dislikes spelling/writing. We will have to try this (if I have the patience to put it together).

  2. Oh you are SOOOO clever! I love this!

    1. My boys are OBSESSED with Lego's right now. They would go crazy over this activity. I'm telling ya, you are a genius!! :)

  3. Such a great idea ! I have 4 Lego-obsessed kiddos, who would have so much fun with this activity. Thanks for sharing !!

  4. I love this idea!!! Will have to remember for when my kids start bringing home spelling words!

    Thank you for sharing with Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

  5. What a great idea!! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week!

  6. WOW - what a fun, creative idea! Who would want to spell like that!!!! I shared this with my Facebook readers here - - Thanks for linking up to TGIF! I look forward to seeing what you link up this week,
    Beth =-)

  7. Oh how fun!! My son is getting into Legos, and I was planning on doing a Lego Learning theme this summer. I'll be pinning this one for sure!

  8. I just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this post on Sharing Saturday this week. Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button if you would like. Thanks again for sharing with us!

  9. Again AMAZING!!! You are my hero!!! My boys are in a serious Lego phase now too. Thanks!

  10. This is such a fun and simple way to get them to spell. I love it. Thanks so much for the idea.

  11. Awesome! Now I need to get more LEGO figurines... ;)