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Jan
15
2013

Learn with Lego – En Español!

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While Lego have never gone away, it seems they’re experiencing a resurgence in popularity. This past Christmas, every boy under the age of 12 that I know, had Lego on their wish list – my own 11 year old included.

Although Lego sets can be expensive, it’s one of those toys I’m willing to spend money on because of the quality. Mixed in with my son’s Lego collection are many of the Lego bricks which I played with as a child, and I believe that some of those once belonged to my father.

My personal preference is for the classic Lego sets and Lego City, but there are all kinds of sets these days including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Cars, Toy Story, Indiana Jones, Thomas the Tank Engine, Lord of the Rings, Batman, Spiderman, and many others.

Loved around the world by both boys and girls, Lego is known for its durability, quality and the fuel those little bricks provide to the imaginations of young and old alike, but did you know that Lego can also be a great tool for parents raising bilingual children?

Fun Fact: “Lego” comes from the Danish phrase “leg godt” – which means “play well.”

How Parents Raising Bilingual Children Can Use Lego

When playing with Legos you can use your child’s target language to talk about the brick colors, their size, and how many you need; and since the objects you can build with Lego bricks are endless, the vocabulary your child can build is equally immeasurable!

Fun Fact: Lego bricks are manufactured in several locations around the world. Molding locations include Billund, Denmark; Nyíregyháza, Hungary; and Monterrey, Mexico.

In addition to the colorful, interlocking construction blocks themselves, Lego has a website in Spanish. The Spanish-language website includes products, news, and a “juegos” (games) area for the kids which is worth checking out. The games include categories such as “acción”, “estragia”, “aventura”, “creatividad”, and “preescolar.”

For younger children (ages 1 ½ to 5 years old), check out the Lego Duplo website in Spanish. Lego Duplo are larger-sized Lego blocks which are easier for little hands, (and don’t pose a choking hazard.) The Lego Duplo site also has a fun “juegos” section, downloadable coloring pages, and videos.

Want to play in a language other than Spanish? The website is available in over a dozen languages. Go to the Lego.com homepage and click in the upper right hand corner where it says “Change region.”

Does your child play with Lego? How do you incorporate language learning into playtime with toys that aren’t necessarily advertised as “bilingual”?

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