Fun Lego Science Projects for Children to Learn

In the ’40s Ole Kirk Anderson designed the Lego construction toys as a series of blocks that could be stacked on top of each other. The name Lego originated from the Danish language phrase “leg godt” which means “play well” and the Latin meaning “I put together”. The blocks were patented in 1958 and to date, about 4 billion blocks have been manufactured. 

The blocks are excellent toys to stimulate creativity and is suitable for learning children of all ages, while they play with it. The value of using Lego to teach children STEM subjects can never be underestimated and must be utilised to kindle interest in the subjects. The great benefit lies in the fun part of learning the different science subjects while using different Lego building sets and here you can find ones especially for girls

The different science projects for children are only limited by the creativity and innovation of their parents or educators. A search on the internet will provide excellent ideas and there are many “YouTube” videos available with full instructions. The following ideas can be used to teach children science using Lego products. 

Explaining Volcanos 

Use Lego blocks to build a base and a pyramid shape around a central tower of blocks, placed in a flat dish to contain the mess. Pour baking soda inside the central tower mixed with a few drops of red cake colouring and pour vinegar over the baking soda which will start the reaction. Bubbles and foam will overflow and the red cake colouring will resemble lava. Explain the forming of volcanoes and the chemistry involved when you mix baking soda and vinegar. 

Build cars powered by chemical reactions, wind or electric motor. 

Use Lego blocks and sets to construct cars that can be powered by different sources like chemical reactions using certain tablets, wind when releasing the air from a balloon or using an electric motor build from Lego blocks and parts in combination with magnets and wire. This can illustrate the different power sources and how they work. 

Building construction. 

Construction of different buildings like skyscrapers to illustrate the effect of wind, shaking during an earthquake and heavy rain on their stability and different foundations used. 

Civil engineering constructions like bridges, zip lines and cranes. 

Design and Build a bridge that can carry the weight of the children, a parent or teacher. Design and build constructions like cable cars, Zip lines using Lego blocks and sets with pulleys and gears. Use the Lego Engineering plans and different Lego sets to build cranes, to which you can add on as the skills level of the children increases. This can range from a manual crane to a motor-driven crane with advanced features. 

Town planning and construction. 

Construct a Lego town to teach children spatial planning, traffic planning and the needs of a community like traffic, etc. Incorporate LED lighting that gets their power from alternatives like solar. 

Lego Digital Designer program 

The great advantage offered by using the program is that it allows children to design their own project and build it with Lego blocks and sets. This program ensures that children learn the engineering design process at a young stage in a fun way.  

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