Two Preschool Math Activities with Duplo Legos

Two preschool math activities with Duplo Legos

I recently created two math activities for Owen (age 4.5) using Duplo Legos.  Duplos definitely make school more fun!

Activity #1:  Put the numbers 1-12 in order.  Build Duplo towers to match.

Two Preschool Math Activities with Duplo Legos

This was a challenging project for Owen, but not difficult enough to be frustrating.  The first step was to put all the numbers in order and then he began building the towers.  He counted really well until 8 or so, and then started just putting random amounts of blocks together.  We worked together to count the right way and got it completed!

I made the number cards from poster board with sticky magnets on the back.  The first thing that we did with them was just to put them in order on our huge oil change pan.  (I bought the oil change pan at Walmart, and it has been SO worth it!  In my post on toddler activities, you can see how we used it with foam alphabet letters.)

Two Preschool Math Activities with Duplo Legos

 Here is a better view of the oil change pan:

Two Preschool Math Activities with Duplo Legos

If we had room to hang it, I would.  But then again, we get a lot of use out of it on the floor as a work surface!  We lean it on the wall if we want to use it as a magnet board.

Activity #2:  Duplo Patterns

I used index cards to make Owen some patterns that he could build out of Duplos.  He was very eager to get started!  This worked well as an independent activity for Owen while the other boys were doing school.

Two Preschool Math Activities with Duplo Legos

I did a variety of different types of patterns – ABAB, ABCABC, ABACABAC, etc.

This activity was also great for learning to observe and follow directions.

Two Preschool Math Activities with Duplo Legos

For more learning with Duplos:

  • I really like these numbered Duplos (scroll down for the picture) on The Imagination Tree.  We own enough Duplos that I just might do this with some of ours.


  1. Dovey says

    I just found your blog. I will definitely be following it. I have baby #7 on the way and 4 boys! My youngest three are definitely a challenge to keep occupied while the oldest 3 school, and you have some great ideas! Thanks~

  2. Anne says

    Great ideas! I also think it would be educational to have my 5 year old then make her own pattern cards snd build them!


  1. […] My Four was excited to practice writing his numbers using permanent markers on post-it notes (two things he does not usually get to use).  After making sure the post-it notes were on a newspaper as he wrote (so as not to mark up our table!) he had fun writing his numbers up to 20.  For this activity, we used just numbers 1-10.  I made the towers, he counted them, and put them in their proper spots.  You could also have your child make the towers.  We were inspired by this block activity from Frugal Fun For Boys. […]

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