After we tried Lego Math Fractions I was trying to think of other unique ways of incorporating legos into learning. I came up with an Easy Way to Learn State Abbreviations.
Legos are a fabulous resource to use for tactile and visual learners. But building states isn’t really that easy (I recommend modeling borders with play doh).
If I can paint on our floors then I can write on our blocks!
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I really think this is a fabulous way for kids to “see” the point of abbreviations. Not sure about abbreviations yourself? Try Little Passports USA Edition.
Easy Way to Learn State Abbreviations
Step 1. Build
Start slow. Work together to write out the state abbreviation on your smaller block.
Build the abbreviation onto a longer block, write the state’s name. (there was no way I could write out all 50 states, try doing groups, regions, etc. Don’t forget blocks have 2 sides!)
Step 2. Break Down
Start slow. Take a few sets at a time, break apart, and then pull 5 to see if your student can match them back together. As the student progresses add more sets to match.
Step 3. Race
Start with all the abbreviations in a pile and all the states in another pile. See who can build them up the fastest. (if you only have one child working see if they can beat their own time).
TIP: if you’re just starting out use the same colors for abbreviation and state (all red set). As the student progresses change the block colors so they no longer match.
TIP: pick up laminated maps. Use them for posters, labeling, and during meals.
This is also a great idea to start learning states and capitals!