Lego Challenge: Build the Ultimate Playground

Last week, my kids were reading through all the old Lego posts here on the blog. Their favorite posts to read were the Lego Challenge ones. Afterwards, they wanted to do a Lego Challenge and have me blog about it. Of course, I said yes, because Legos and education and blogging are always a great idea!

For this Lego Challenge, I had them build a playground that uses simple machines. The idea comes from this site: Educating Young Engineers. Two of my boys also wanted to write about their playgrounds, so I’ll be posting their writing along with the pictures of their playgrounds.

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Matthias made a swingset. It’s very forbidding, isn’t it? It does actually swing too.  The minifigure with the M on his shirt is Matthias.

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Gwen built a tree and a duck pond, but she forgot the ducks. And the people.

Rhys wrote a description of his playground so I will post that here.

This is a haunted Park. It has 2 ghost in this park. It has a rock-wall, a ramp, a basketball hoop and a lava- flow.

Originally, Rhys’s description was a lot more… interesting, but I had to tell him to tone it down a little bit because we didn’t want to talk about children being chased by ghosts…

Ian also wrote a description of his playground.

This a park that has a see-saw, sliding rope, and, a spinning ride. It is a park with a lot of knights, but it has a normal kid named Ian. He is riding down the sliding rope. The monkey bars can also be ladder. They have two ladders. One to get up and one to be the monkey bars.

I thought all their playgrounds were very creative and also in line with their personalities!

I would like to do a Lego challenge with the kids more often, but most of the next ones will probably come from this book on Amazon: 365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks: Lego Fun Every Day of the Year

-Lynn

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Lego Challenge – 02/02/2016

Many thanks to gather love grow for again coming up with a fun Lego Challenge.  Today we were challenged to make bacon and eggs with Legos.  If the kids wanted to they could make other food objects or utensils.

 

Our 11 year old fulfilled the challenge, but didn’t go any further.  He isn’t always the most creative or artsy of the kids.

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Our 8 year old is artsy and creative and he decided to go further with the challenge.  In addition to the bacon and egg, he added a pancake with butter on top.  He also made a Lego plate to put the food on.  Our kids like bacon that is crispy to the point of being slightly burned, so he made the bacon with a bit of black in it.

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Our 6 year old is silly and had a lot of fun with this one.  He put some grass and a bush on his plate.  The poor people who would have to eat that.  He has the egg with even more burned bacon.  Also he made a grape, blueberry, raspberry, pancake, and a star cookie.

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This was another great Lego challenge that brought out the creativity in at least 2 of our kids.  If you are interested in doing the Lego challenge then please go to the gather love grow blog.  Isabelle puts the challenge out early in the morning, and requests that people share pictures of their Lego creations to show her children.

-Joshua

 

 

 

 

Today’s Lego Challenge! from gather.love.grow

We did last week’s Lego Challenge at Gather. Love. Grow. and were excited to try this week’s challenge too: Make something out of Legos that sinks!

We weren’t very successful though!

My four boys’ Lego creations are pictured above. Two of them have Lego Ninjago spinners as their bases.

The two that did not have the spinners floated. The ones with the spinners did too. The spinners were below the surface of the water so the Legos built on top were keeping them from sinking. We thought that was pretty interesting! Just a few Legos built on the spinners was enough to make them float.

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What we finally had to do to get the Legos to sink! Two spinners with nothing on them!

Right now, my two oldest boys are trying to program a Lego Mindstorms T-Rex so the Lego challenge is kind of still going!

Oh, and a quick note: I would recommend the Lego Ninjago spinners. My boys actually used them more to build elaborate tops instead of using them with only the minifigures. They are a retired product at the Lego shop online but they are still relatively inexpensive at Amazon (Lord Garmadon).  I don’t recommend the Lego Ninjago Airjitzu flyers unless you have a lot of outdoor space! They are dangerous inside the house!