If you love the viral LEGO bath activity, get ready for the warm weather version: the LEGO pool. It’s as easy as it sounds, and puts a little twist on the kiddie pool. Try this outdoor activity on your next “what are we going to do?” day.
What is a LEGO pool?
The day I made my son his first LEGO bath, my whole world changed. That was 8 years ago. It became a viral sensation on social media and for good reason: LEGO baths keep kids engaged and playing.
It’s a dream activity with minimal parent set up.
The LEGO pool was a natural next step. I dumped the whole bin of LEGO Duplo into the kiddie pool and instantly filled my heart with joy.
Filled my son (my youngest son) with joy too.
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- LEGO Duplo
- Kiddie pool or water table
- THAT’S IT
When I talk about simple activities and activities not needing to be fancy to be fun… this is exactly the kind of activity I’m thinking of.
Will it be featured in a magazine? No.
Will it will an award for being Pinterest pretty? Heavens no.
Will it reset your day, pump up the vibe, and make things better? Yes. Yes it will.
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Pour the LEGO Duplos into the kiddie pool.
Friends, if you are spending hours creating activities or needing extra time in the evening to prep things for tomorrow, take a step back.
Kids don’t need fancy to have fun. They don’t need elaborate play set ups. A good activity is an activity that takes seconds to put together.
The LEGO pool wins.
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What is a child learning in a LEGO pool?
First: remember that we do not need to quantify an activity with learning. All play is learning so all activities are (by default) learning activities.
There’s no need to justify play with learning. Play is learning.
But we can still be excited and marvel at all a child can learn during an activity.
Here’s what’s being learned, developed, or practiced in a LEGO pool:
- Scientific principals
- Engineering skills
- Trial and error
- Independent play
- Imaginary play
- Fine motor skills
Though it may be small, this activity is mighty.
Tip – How to clean-up at the end
At the end of this activity, I recommend scooping out the bricks with a colander or net.
This is a great second activity for kids to take part in.
I lay my bricks on a towel, give them a good shake and dry off, then let the LEGO Duplos sit in the sun. It takes a day or so to dry.
We have been doing LEGO + water activities since 2015 and have never had a LEGO mold.
Frequently Asked Questions
“Big LEGOs” as my kids called them are great for ages 18 months+. Some kids transition to small traditional LEGO bricks around elementary age, but many stay happily with Duplos and that’s great.
No worries! Adapt this. Make the original LEGO bath or LEGO shower. Add LEGO bricks to the water table. Put LEGO bricks and water in a sensory bin. There are so many ways to make this activity work for your space and family.
Remember, it’s more important to think about the child than their own. Interests and ability level are far bigger indicators than age. Avoid the temptation to go by age alone. Think about the child and whether or not they’d be interested in the activity.