LEGO Addition: Add & Fill a Base Plate

You know a great way to get kids excited about learning? Get out the LEGOs!

There are so many learning activities you can do with LEGO bricks, from science to STEM, storytelling, reading games, and of course, math.

This LEGO addition game is a fun and simple way to get kids excited about homework. So, grab your LEGOs and let’s go!

Word on your math skills with this fun LEGO Addition game. Throw dice and fill your LEGO Base Plate with this fun math game that's easy to play and much better than homework.

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Set up this LEGO math activity

For this game, we’re going to use our addition skills to fill up a LEGO base plate. So, the first thing you’ll need is a LEGO base plate. You can grab any size you want, but keep in mind that the larger the base plate, the more time this game will take.

You also need a large selection of LEGO bricks. Make sure to get as many different sizes as you can. I found that it is helpful to have quite a few LEGOs with one bump for this game.

Finally, you’ll need a pair of dice and a willing player.

Word on your math skills with this fun LEGO Addition game. Throw dice and fill your LEGO Base Plate with this fun math game that's easy to play and much better than homework.

How to play this LEGO Addition Game

The goal of this game is to add and fill up your LEGO base plate.

Start by throwing the dice. Add the two numbers together and find a brick with the correct amount of bumps. You may have to combine 2 or 3 bricks to get the correct amount of bumps.

Attach your bricks to your base plate.

Word on your math skills with this fun LEGO Addition game. Throw dice and fill your LEGO Base Plate with this fun math game that's easy to play and much better than homework.

Now keep going. Throw the dice, add them up, and attach your bricks to your base plate.

Keep on adding and attaching bricks. You may need to use your puzzle solving skills to fill in the plate.

Word on your math skills with this fun LEGO Addition game. Throw dice and fill your LEGO Base Plate with this fun math game that's easy to play and much better than homework.

The game is over as soon as you fill your entire base plate.

It can get tricky when you only have a few bumps left to fill at the end, so it’s up to you how you want to finish. You can keep throwing the dice until you get the exact number you need to fill your base plate. Or, you can throw the dice and just add the amount of bricks that it takes to finish filling your base plate.

How many LEGO bricks did you use altogether?

Word on your math skills with this fun LEGO Addition game. Throw dice and fill your LEGO Base Plate with this fun math game that's easy to play and much better than homework.

Extend the Fun

Play with two or more kids. Each player has their own base plate and they take turns throwing the dice. Who will fill their base plate first?

Practice your estimation skills. After you fill your base, estimate how many LEGOs are on the plate before counting. How close were you? Or, you can try estimating how many LEGOs you will use before you begin the game.

Start with a filled base plate and use subtraction to remove all the LEGOs. How long will it take to get an empty base plate?

Do you have any fun ways to play this LEGO addition game?

Word on your math skills with this fun LEGO Addition game. Throw dice and fill your LEGO Base Plate with this fun math game that's easy to play and much better than homework.

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Word on your math skills with this fun LEGO Addition game. Throw dice and fill your LEGO Base Plate with this fun math game that's easy to play and much better than homework.

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her here writing about fun learning activities, art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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