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Likely Legos

When looking inside a box of Lego's, ask your child if he is more "likely" or "unlikely" to pull out a blue. What about the color yellow?

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Extending this activity

  • -Place seven green legos and three blue legos in a bag. Take one lego out, record the color, and replace it in the bag. Do this ten times. Ask the child “Which lego did we draw out of the bag the most? Which lego did we draw out of the bag the least number of times? Did I draw out a white lego?” Reinforce the words likely, unlikely, and impossible.

    -Read "Probably Pistachio" by Stuart J. Murphy. While the concept of probability may be too advanced for young children, exposure to the vocabulary is beneficial.

Adjust for an older child

Ask your child to come up with other colors that are impossible to take out of the box.

Adjust for a younger child

The words likely and unlikely will be too complicated for the younger child. Instead, do the activity and highlight the words possible and impossible.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Probability and Statistics

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