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"She loved finding the LEGO and saying mission completed every time"
You will need
A variety of LEGO® bricks
10 bricks is ideal - use fewer or more depending on your child
Skills you will be engaging
Social - asking questions, turn taking
Emotional - excitement, patience
Creative - finding hiding places and inventing clues
Physical - moving around to find the bricks
Cognitive - remembering instructions, searching
How to play
Hide some bricks around the home. Keep a list so you don't forget where you hid them!
Explain to your child, "Let's play find the bricks! I have hidden 10 bricks in the house for you to find, and I'll give you clues to help you find them"
Give them the first clue, e.g. "The red brick is in the living room under the blanket"
When they find the brick celebrate together!
Keep going until you have found all the bricks
You can then play with the bricks or build something together
Talk while you play
Take a few moments to watch what your child is doing. Notice and comment on what is happening, e.g. "Well done, you found it!". Give your child some encouragement, e.g. "You're so close, keep going"
You might like to ask your child some questions, e.g. "Where shall we look next?"
Adapt the activity
Feel free to adapt the activity to meet your child's individual needs. The important thing is that everyone is relaxed and having fun, don't worry if you don't follow the instructions perfectly.
Make it easier
Hide the bricks in one room. Move to other rooms when your child is ready.
Take a photo to show your child where the brick is hidden.
Only hide one brick at a time.
Repeat the clues and offer to help.
Let's do a challenge
Let your child hide the bricks for you to find.
Draw a map! Take it in turns to draw a map to follow to find the bricks you've hidden.
Give vague clues, e.g. "it's in your bedroom" or "you're about 5 steps away"
Create more difficult clues or riddles, e.g. "it's in the room where we eat our lunch"
Hide bricks that make up a small model (e.g. a car), then put the pieces together to build it.
Include friends and siblings
One child can hide the bricks and the other finds them, then swap!
Role-play pirates looking for buried treasure.