With a handful of LEGO DUPLO bricks and a few items from the kitchen, you can play simple memory games that the kid not only enjoys but also learns at the same time. Because these kind of games help to teach the child first simple mathematical concepts, they train the ability to solve problems and support logical thinking, which is important at the latest when the children come to school.
The best part? The children learn while they play and have fun.
- Matching colors
We really liked the idea of The Imagination Tree. All you need is an empty eggbox, LEGO DUPLO bricks, colorful pens and some paper.
Depending on the number of wells in the box, paint boxes on the paper and let your child color each box colorfully. Place the paper in the lid of the egg box and then ask your child to sort the LEGO® DUPLO stones into the wells according to the colors.
It gets really hard when you paint a few boxes, the map only shows your child and then covers it, so that the child has to retrieve the distribution of colors from memory.
- Remember color sequence
We love this idea from the LEGO® Foundation. Starts with a small tower of three different colored LEGO® DUPLO bricks. The child should remember the color sequence and then rebuild the tower. Gradually, you can make the color sequences longer and longer until you have no stones left!
If you play with more than one child, you can also make a small competition out of it. Who finished building the tower in the correct color sequence first?
- Tell me a story
Kids love stories! This game is about retelling simple stories and, above all, recreating them. For example, you can start like this: “The kids came home from school and drove with their parents in the car to the game park. They had a picnic there. “Ask your child to retell the story by playing with LEGO DUPLO stones and figures. You can continue to decorate the story and add more details. This game helps the child to understand the course of actions in a story – as well as the course of a day. It learns something about time and also trains his short-term memory!
- Discover the differences
Build two similar structures of LEGO DUPLO stones that differ in one detail. Take one away and see if your child has noticed the difference. If the child is familiar with the game, you can change more things or use a larger number of stones.