‘Six Bricks is a concept designed to excite and motivate young children in the classroom to attain the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for success in later life. To help the formation of a young learner’s brain, developmentally appropriate early experiences and relationships are vital. In order to grasp concepts, children must be given time to manipulate concrete tools. They need opportunities to use their whole body to explore and aid their development of ideas, curiosity and imagination’.
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)Six Bricks Activities
The Six Bricks activities are short, simple exercises, many of which only take a couple of minutes to do. They are not a curriculum but they are designed to support all areas of development in the curriculum. They help to wake up a child’s brain and get them moving, thinking and remembering.
Care for Education has developed over 250 activities for Six Bricks which cover various aspects of child development (± 3 - 12 years) with some of these activities available on the LEGO® Foundation website.How SIX Bricks works
Every child has a set of six 2x4 stud bricks, one of each colour (Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Light blue and dark blue). The teacher can then quickly and easily facilitate an activity at any time. Repetition brings about better organization of the brain and the secret of the success of these activities lies in their regular repetition which enables children to consolidate new knowledge. Current training available
Levels 1 & 2
• No previous SIX BRICKS experience or training is needed to access this training
• Course duration is 2 x 2-hour online training sessions = 4 hours
• Participants receive 1 x set of SIX BRICKS, a SIX BRICKS activity mat and electronic copies of the SIX BRICKS Activity Guides Level 1 and Level 2
• This training will support participants to familiarise themselves with SIX BRICKS and practice using the SIX BRICKS across a range of activities designed to support a child’s development
• Activities can be adapted and scaled up or down depending on the age and stage of children
• Participants who complete all four hours of training are eligible for SIX BRICKS CertificationActivity Guides
The activity guides provide step by step details of how all the activities are carried out, skills and developmental areas supported for each activity, teacher notes, and activity extensions and variations. Hands-on approach
Training is hands-on. Participants will need to carry out activities on a desk space beside their computers so it will be essential to have cameras and microphones on. For the best experience for everyone a laptop or PC will be required as participants need to be able to see each other and collaborate on various activities.Miriam O Donoghue is an experienced teacher and LEGO® Serious Play Facilitator. Miriam is also a qualified SIX BRICKs trainer.