## LEGO Math Games: The Number Line Game

Step out of the workbook pages and into LEGO math games. If your child is learning to count, learning to add or subtract, working on negative and positive numbers, why not make it a game?   The LEGO Number Line Game uses what you already have to make math fun.

Supplies

{affiliate link}  Long sheet of paper from a roll of easel paper

Assorted LEGOs and a LEGO figure

This game can be played at any math level.  We’ve used it in several ways.

1. Learning to count from 1-10, 1-30, 1-50, 1-100.
2. Adding and Subtracting. Call out equations to your child (or to the LEGO mini-figure) and have them move the LEGO figure along the number line. (“What’s 3+4, LEGO Man?”)
3. Working with Fact Families.  “How many ways can LEGO Man get 10?” (5+5, 6+4, 8+2 and so on).
4. Working with negative numbers. Draw your number line to include negative and positive numbers. Give your child numbers to add and subtract that moves them along both the negative and positive parts of the number line.

What other ways could you use the LEGO Number Line? I’d love to hear your ideas. Post them in the comments below.

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## Counting to 100

We are counting to 100 with objects found around the house.

Here’s our mason jar 100’s collection.

More information on how we made this collection and various ways to help your child learn how to count 100 can be found on Kiwi Crate DIY.

More hands-on math ideas on Pinterest.

## Learning With Legos: Building an Iroquois Longhouse

Firefly, my 8 year old, is studying early American history this year, with the Joy Hakim series, A History of US. One of the fun projects he’s completed is an Iroquois Longhouse with Legos.

I thought it was important to emphasize that not all Native Americans lived in tipis when studying this time period.  Iroquois and some other tribes lived in houses such as this one, along with many other families. This would be the equivalent of all the families on your block living in one house to keep warm throughout the winter and share resources.

I gave Firefly a printed picture of a longhouse and he set to work.

The Creek Dad assisted with construction of the roof. Here’s a look at the interior:

Linking up with Lego Fun Friday over at Frugal Fun For Boys. Stop by and see what other fun learning is happening with Legos.

For more ideas about what we are learning for early American history, follow our Pinterest boards:
Hands-On History
Early American History
Learning With American Girl

## Lego BrickFair Is Worth the Wait

We had a great time at the Lego BrickFair today in Virginia. There was some chatter on Twitter about the long lines to get in, which I hope will translate into a larger venue next year for this spectacular show.  If you go tomorrow, or in the coming years, get there on the early or late side if you want to avoid the lines, but do go.  It was well worth it.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Here are some of our favorites.

The interactive building area was a big hit with kids. And some grown-ups, too. They could build and race their wheeled creations on the tracks or use the many tables provided to make things with what appeared to be thousands of bricks.

BrickFair runs through Sunday, August 5th, 2012, at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. It is a yearly event in this area. Go to www.BrickFair.com for more information.

I received four free tickets from BrickFair but was not required to write about it.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

## BrickFair Virginia Lego Fan Festival with Ticket Give-Away

Show of hands:  who has a Lego fan, or two or three, in their house? We love Legos in our house and use them frequently when learning about science, history, math and more.

So I was excited to learn about the BrickFair Lego Fan Festival of 2012, a Lego extravaganza featuring  creations of all sizes, a stay-and-play area for kids to build with thousands of Lego bricks, and more than 1,000 exhibitors, including model train displays.  All in all, over 100,000 square feet of awesome brick creations and activities.

BrickFair 2012 takes place on August 4th and 5th at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia.  Admission is \$10 per person (ages 3 and under are free; no strollers please).  For more information, visit the BrickFair website.

And guess what?  I have four free tickets to give away.  That’s a \$40 value.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on THIS POST here on THIS BLOG using the word BrickFair in your comment.  Also, leave me a way to contact you if you win. Last day to enter is Wednesday, July 18th.

Photos courtesy of BrickFair.
Disclosure: I received 8 free tickets (4 for myself, and 4 to give away) from BrickFair in exchange for posting about BrickFair on my blog.

This contest is now closed.