What childhood would be complete without playtime with LEGO? The classic children's building toy is manufactured by The LEGO Group, but its history dates all the way back to the workshop of a carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen. A carpenter living in Denmark, Christiansen's workshop was where LEGO was first conceived. Making wooden toys for years, Christiansen eventually would name his company LEGO after the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning “play well.”
Since that time, LEGO has been praised by many as one of the best toys for children. In addition to encouraging creative skills and divergent thinking, LEGO also helps foster motor skills, hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness.
To add to LEGO's long list of benefits to children, Alycia Zimmerman has used them as part of her lesson plan to teach kids math. As a 3rd-grade teacher in New York, Alycia is always looking for great ways to help kids wrap their heads around difficult concepts. Her creative method is surely more interesting and engaging than reading out of a textbook.