Lego Activities that Build Reading and Writing Skills

Oh my word do we have a lot of Lego. In fact I just returned from out of town to discover Daddy had taken the boys to the Lego store for more bricks! But, we really do use them everyday. And, we are discovering more and more Lego activities that help build literacy skills too!

26 hands-on Lego activities that build  reading and writing skills!

Below are some of my favorite Lego activities that I have found from some amazing bloggers. I know this list is going to grow as we discover more and more ways to promote reading and writing through hands-on play with Lego.

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All of the activities include the use of Legoor Duplobricks.

Lego Activities

Beginning Sounds

beginning sound activity- b is for bee

Work on learning beginning sounds with these Lego building ideas.  A great prompt for encouraging creativity.


Build the alphabet with Lego using these free printable cards from Wildflower Ramblings.

The queen of all things awesome to do with Lego, Frugal Fun for Boys, shows us how Duplo blocks can be used for letter matching.  While you are on the site make sure you check out all the other Lego activities!

Go on an outdoor alphabet hunt with this idea from No Time for Flashcards.


Lego activities that encourage storytelling with kids.

Create characters from a favorite story with Lego and then have fun retelling the tale.  Check out our Three Billy Goats Gruff Lego retelling(top left picture)

Build a Lego puppet theater for lots of storytelling from Inspiration Laboratories. (bottom right picture)

Retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar with this idea from The Educators’ Spin On It. (top right picture)

Check out these storytelling tips with Lego from A Mom with a Lesson Plan.

Bring Mo Willem’s books to Lego life with these ideas from Imagination Soup.  Though the contest in the post is over, you can still have fun with the ideas.

Set up small world Lego play to help retell the Magic Tree House books from Little Bins for Little Hands. (bottom left picture)

Adventure in a Box shows us how to retell the story, Goodnight Gorilla with Lego play.


I love that this Duplo rhyming activity from No Time for Flashcards can be done as strictly a phonological awareness activity or with the written word as a phonics activity.

Turn Lego bricks into a board game!  The Lego people become your playing pieces in this clever game from The Pleasantest Thing.

Word Families

This Reading Mama shares a fun way to use Duplo bricks to learn about word families.  Be sure to search Lego in the search bar on This Reading Mama for some more great literacy ideas to use with Lego.

Learning Your Name

Playdough to Plato shows us how to encourage kids to build their name with Lego.


Lego activities that promote reading skills.

Build reading rods with this idea from In Lieu of Preschool. (top left picture)

The Educators’ Spin On It shows us how to use Duplo creations to generate sentences that kids can read.

Practice reading skills with this Lego board game from There’s Just One Mommy. (bottom left picture)

Kids read these Lego challenges from Sunshine and Hurricanes and then have fun creating.

Lalymom also has some fun Lego challenges for the kids to try. (top right picture)

Picklebums shows us how using the directions from Lego Junior sets helps our kids learn to read. (bottom right picture)


Play Hangman with this super fun idea from Pink and Green Mama.

The kids will love playing this race-around game from Literacy Blueprint.

Build a Lego figure with this spelling challenge from School Time Snippets.


Let Lego building inspire creative writing with these ideas from Homeschool Encouragement.

These handwriting mats from This Reading Mama are a fun way to practice writing and visualize letter shapes and sizes.

Make your own Lego book with this idea from Kids Activities Blog.

We hope you are inspired to use Lego as a learning tool in your home or classroom!

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About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. Awesome collection of activities!! Thank you so much for including mine, I’m saving this to share AND to keep for my kids! Love it!

  2. Great selection! We are big fans of LEGO and it is always fun to see a roundup like this. Sharing

  3. Great round-up! I’m pinning, because my kids will love this. Found you on Mom’s Library!

  4. Count on Dad to add to the Lego collection! 😉 These are great ideas!

  5. These are great activities for building literacy!


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