LEGO® Education Advances Social and Emotional Development in Preschoolers with New Tool

LEGO Education Build Me “Emotions” helps preschool students learn to recognize and understand emotions, develop social skills and explore physical characteristics using LEGO® DUPLO bricks

News Highlights:

  • LEGO Education Build Me “Emotions” is a hands-on educational tool for preschool classrooms to help develop social emotional learning and skills in children ages 3-5.
  • The Build Me “Emotions” set includes 188 classic LEGO® DUPLO® shapes and colors and eight double-sided building cards. In addition, the solution includes inspirational teaching ideas with activity cards and online activity videos to provide teachers with ways to incorporate Build Me “Emotions” into lesson plans.
  • The new set allows students to build characters with unique features, teaching preschoolers to explore similarities and differences, understand their own and others feelings, while also practicing creative problem solving.

ORLANDO, Fla.--()--NAEYC--Today at the NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo, LEGO® Education announced Build Me “Emotions”, a tool for preschoolers aimed at teaching students to recognize and understand emotions, develop social skills and explore physical characteristics. Social and emotional learning is one of the most important predictors of future success, as understanding emotions and social skills translates into not only kindergarten preparedness, but also a students’ readiness for their entire educational and professional career. This classroom resource teaches preschoolers to recognize and understand both their own and others’ emotions using different patterns, colors, and emotional characteristics captured in LEGO bricks, such as happy, sad or silly. This serves as a foundation for additional social skills, including teamwork and collaboration that are essential for kindergarten-readiness.

“Social emotion learning is critical for early childhood development. In many cases, a student’s first introduction to learning the basics of sense of self, collaboration and an understanding of their own feelings occurs within their preschool classroom,” said Lisbeth Hattens, Senior Educational Content Developer, LEGO Education. “Build Me “Emotions” provides an engaging, hands-on set that is easy for teachers to implement and a fun way to teach children these crucial skills that will provide a strong foundation for other essential social skills.”

Preschoolers explore emotional characteristics by constructing themselves or building a group of family or friends and then describing the emotion, the LEGO® brick expresses, resulting in answers such as “he’s angry because he wants to play a game” or “It’s a silly face. His tongue is sticking out and his eyes are funny.” As the sets are large, collaboration on tasks is highly encouraged to teach preschoolers the effectiveness of teamwork to build on their social skills. With the option to build arms, legs, pants, shirts, and even hats, students explore similarities and differences among themselves using the LEGO® bricks through facial expressions, clothing, and features, enhancing their social emotional learning. This task also helps preschoolers with creative problem solving, allowing students to decipher emotional characteristics and determine which feeling is best suited for that particular character. Learning social skills and problem solving at this young age help ensure students are prepared for kindergarten and beyond.

Build Me “Emotions” also come with an activity card and online activity video to help teachers with lesson ideas that incorporate the set. A classroom set is available for $69.95USD, is available for pre-sale, and will ship in January 2016.

This week at NAEYC, a Build Me “Emotions” model will be by Exhibit Hall WA4 entrance and Build Me masks will be available to all attendees. Stop by to take a picture with the Build Me model in your mask to be entered to win a Build Me Set for your classroom! In addition, LEGO Education will be displaying the product at their booth, #330.

Additional Resources:

  • For more information about LEGO Education DUPLO sets, please click here.
  • For more information on Build Me “Emotions”, click here.

About LEGO Education

LEGO® Education offers playful learning experiences and teaching solutions based on the LEGO system of bricks, curriculum-relevant material, and physical and digital resources to preschool, elementary, middle school, and after school. In partnership with educators for more than 35 years, we support teaching in an inspiring, engaging, and effective way. Our educational solutions, which range from the humanities to science, enable every student to succeed by encouraging them to become active, collaborative learners, build skills for future challenges, and establish a positive mind-set toward learning.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, DUPLO and the DUPLO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group.

Contacts

LEGO Education
Trisha McDonell, 512-659-5381
trisha.mcdonell@LEGO.com

Release Summary

LEGO® Education announced Build Me “Emotions”, a tool for preschoolers aimed at teaching students to recognize and understand emotions, develop social skills and explore physical characteristics.

Contacts

LEGO Education
Trisha McDonell, 512-659-5381
trisha.mcdonell@LEGO.com