Legos are wonderful toys that can be used for more than building. They can be used for counting, color ratios, AND as an introduction to fractions.
Before we start we need to understand that what we call a “whole” can vary. For example, if you offer someone a whole candy bar one person might think of a King Size and someone else might think of a Fun Size. With Legos, we can count each color as a whole or a single unit (1, 2, 3…). We can also change the unit we are counting by (1/3, 2/3, 3/3).
Here is a basic example of using Legos to talk about fractions.
This example illustrates equivalent fractions.
Here is one more to get you thinking about making fractions out of toys!