The creativity of Lego
The creativity of Lego never ceases to amaze me. The way it inspires both young and old, how you can make just about anything you put your mind to and the way it teaches children about construction, engineering and design without even trying is wonderful. Lego have been manufacturing interlocking toy bricks since 1949 and up to July 2015 have produced 600 billion Lego parts. That’s some amazing statistics. Just think how much fun children have had with these bricks and all the wonderful creations that have been made!
When the children broke up from school before Christmas, they were getting excited and struggled to concentrate on anything for more than five minutes, so I suggested they could work on a Lego project together, building Santa’s workshop. They absolutely jumped at the idea. They ran to get their Lego boards and bags full of Lego. They set up the area and talked about what they could do.
After some initial sibling squabbles, they amazed me and started working as a team. They laid their three boards in a line and built the walls for the very large workshop. They built a conveyor belt and placed the half made toys on there. There were workers, naughty and nice lists, Santa’s sleigh with reindeer outside as well as a whole crane system going on. They made a ball of Christmas magic. The creativity of Lego here was fantastic!
Once built, BB decided to have a go at animation using the stop motion studio app. It was amazing. He did a brilliant job, he had the conveyor belt of toys moving, someone carrying things to the end of the room and out the door, then a Lego man fed the reindeer a carrot. The amount of creativity that went into this project and made siblings work together as a team was wonderful. I will always remember their Santa’s workshop for years to come.
The creativity of Lego in the house hasn’t stopped there. Last week, my children decided to make a Lego museum, which then turned into a Lego challenge too. BB divided us into two teams and gave each team a small bag of Lego, then told us to create something and awarded a prize to the best creation. He got his sisters standing up and presenting each creation, talking about its qualities etc. How amazing is that…already teaching children about presentation skills!
It wasn’t about how amazing our pieces of Lego was, for me it was all about the team work, the thought process behind it, the fun, the communication and watching my children learn and develop through the wonders of Lego!