Lego Challenge Tuesday: Build Summer Treats!

It’s starting to get warm out there! Or maybe it already is! Today’s Lego challenge from Gather. Love. Grow. is to build summer treats! Ice cream, popsicles, milkshakes, pick your sweet cool treat.

With my kids done with homeschool for the summer, they have been enjoying the Lego Challenges every week. It keeps them busy and in their room for a little while instead of telling me that they are bored. They always enjoy showing off their creations to each other and to me!

We had ice cream sandwiches (neapolitan and dark chocolate!), cold soda with a straw, melted ice cream in a bowl, a popsicle, and some easy summer treats by my two youngest. Gwen and Rhys have Duplo sets with ice cream cones and a picnic basket. Rhys made a yummy-looking tall cone of ice cream, and Gwen made something out of lettuce and hamburger buns with grapes on top.

Thank you to Isabelle for another fun challenge! I’m glad my youngest two were able to participate too!



Lego Challenge Tuesday – Build a Bridge

This week’s Lego Challenge from Gather. Love. Grow. was so interesting to my kids that they worked on it most of the day! Today, they had to build a Lego bridge that was at least 10 inches long and then see how strong it was by putting books on top of it.

I let the boys test their bridges as much as they wanted so they went a little crazy with seeing whose bridge could hold the most books. Their initial bridges didn’t hold very many books, but since I let them try to make them better, their bridges ended up being able to hold many books!

One rule that bothered them a little bit was that there could be no supports in the middle of the bridge, so none of the Legos there could touch the ground. I was able to explain to them how our house (an A-frame) was built with a central beam that takes all the weight and distributes it to the supports on the end. They took that idea and worked on figuring out how to do that with their bridges.


Corran built his bridge with some interesting end plates as support. These actually worked quite well. We could see them bowing up during the weight test!


Matthias was probably the most elegant-looking of the bridges. Everything is symmetrical.


Honestly, Ian’s bridge didn’t look it would hold anything up. But he tied with Corran for the most weight held.


I took this pic during a previous weight test (unofficial) and you can see that the bridge is bowing in the middle! It didn’t collapse though, which surprised all of us. An interesting note about Ian’s bridge: it was able to hold up all these books, but if you took your hand and forced it down on the bridge, the bridge collapsed immediately. I called Ian’s bridge our glass cannon.

For the official weight test, we lined up all the books we would use by the wall, so that they would be ready to go.


We took video of the “official” weight tests. Corran went first.


We had to stop at this much weight because the pile of books toppled over, and Corran’s bridge still had not broken.

Thias’ bridge took a little more than half as much as weight as his brothers’ bridges.


Thias’ books toppled over too but the end of his bridge collapsed.

Ian’s bridge was difficult to balance books on, but somehow it still made it to about 67 pounds!



Since both Corran’s and Ian’s bridges never broke, we declared them both the winners. We did have Corran stand on his bridge and it immediately broke.

Thias did later add the small flat pieces to the ends of his bridge and he was able to stand on it. I think he was standing on the ends though, which were supported.

Thank you, Isabelle, for yet another interesting and fun Lego Challenge! We are looking forward to next week’s challenge!

LEGO Challenge Tuesday – Build a Zipline

We had a lot of fun with today’s LEGO Challenge from Gather. Love. Grow.

In fact, this challenge kept them pretty busy for part of the afternoon! Thank you, Isabelle, for another fun LEGO challenge!

To make the zipline, we took some heavy-duty string that Thias had used to make an old-fashioned cup telephone (it only sort of worked), and I tied it to a curtain rod above our living room window. Then, one of my boys tied it to one of the legs of our piano bench. This made a pretty intense zipline for our LEGOs, which meant they crashed at the bottom of the line into pieces! To prevent the crash, we put the back of a foam child chair underneath the string.

Ian made a LEGO car. Surprisingly, it stayed in one piece. Most of the time.
Corran made a boat. This vehicle wasn’t very sturdy and was the reason we had to put the chair underneath the string.
Thias decided to have his minifigure hang upside-down!

I took a few videos of the boys using the zipline.

Here is the previous video in slow-motion, just for fun!

I slowed Thias’ video down even more so it’s a little bit more dramatic. Thias made two different vehicles to ride the zipline. This is a video of his second one.

Rhys even made something for the zipline! His didn’t have a minifigure on it though.

Ian had the most fun with the zipline I think. He built multiple vehicles for it.

Later, after the older boys were done playing with the zipline, my two youngest had fun playing with the zipline together. Thank you for another great challenge for a summer day, Gather. Love. Grow!


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Lego Challenge Tuesday – Build Your Name

Today’s Lego Challenge from Gather Love Grow was to Build Your Name. We finished school on Friday (Hooray!) so we were able to do the Lego Challenge earlier in the day today. And then we did something crazy and tried to finish a Lego Mindstorms project in one day. I’ll be writing about that in another post!

Our oldest decided to build his name on a few baseplates

It is interesting to me how each child built their name so differently. Only one of my boys decided to build his name in true 3D.

My middle child built his name the way I expected my other boys to do it! He also decided that it would be fun to build his name in Braille, which I thought was really neat!
The Braille alphabet.
My middle child helped my youngest boy build his name I think. He knows how to spell his name, but he isn’t quite sure yet how the letters are supposed to look.
My second boy is our designated Lego Mindstorms robot builder so he was busy with that most of the morning. He didn’t have a chance to build his name until after lunch! A Lego Mindstorms robot can take about 3 to 4 hours just to build.

My boys had fun building their names!  Thank  you to Isabelle at Gather Love Grow for another great challenge!


Lego Challenge: Build a Flag

The Lego Challenge for this week from Gather Love Grow was to build a flag.  It was supposed to be a flag to represent your own country.  I am not sure most of my boys quite got that, but they did make flags.

So the 12 year old made a mushroom flag.  He says it is like the mushroom in Mario Bros.  When I asked him why he made a mushroom flag, he said “I started making it and it looked like a mushroom.”  That totally sounds like him.


The 9 year old built a brown cat flag.  This fits him well since he has a tattered stuffed brown cat, named Brownie, that he loves.  Brownie has seen better days, but is still loved very much.  He ends up in many stories and pictures during school.


The 7 year old says his flag is a Pokemon flag, though I have no idea why.



Thanks to Isabelle for another fun Lego Challenge.



Lego Challenge: Build a Car for an Egg

Today’s challenge to from Gather Love Grow is to build a race car for an egg.  Here are the goals for the challenge.

1- build a race car that can carry an egg.

2- race the car down a ramp while carrying the egg and make it to the bottom of the ramp safely, without breaking the egg.

3- you must use 4 wheels (my kids asked if they could just slide it down without wheels. It doesn’t flip over as easily. But nope, you NEED 4 wheels, at least, or else it doesn’t qualify as a “car”. No boat races!)

We raced ours down part of our driveway rather then down a ramp since we have a convenient slope in the driveway.  Only our 3 oldest participated since the younger two were not really up for this one.  They used some Easter eggs we have around the house to help make an egg sized compartment in their car, and for their practice runs.

Our 12 year old came up with a car that had many pieces on it.  I think all those pieces were to help protect the egg.  The car ended up having even more tires once it made its way to the hill.  He said they were training wheels.  His car lost pieces on its way down the hill, and ended up broken into many pieces.  However, his egg survived the drive down the hill.

Our 8 year old built a car with a compartment on the inside.  The egg fit perfectly into the compartment and protected the egg.  His egg also did not break.

I really thought our 7 year old would have a broken egg.  His car had a large compartment in it were the egg would bounce around as the car drove down the hill. However, his egg survived the bumpy drive intact.


Thank you Isabelle for a fun challenge.  Please go to the Gather Love Grow blog to see the cars that Isabelle’s children made.








Lego Challenge: Make Something Symmetrical

Today’s Lego Challenge from Gather Love Grow was to make something symmetrical.  I was able to explain symmetry to the 11, 8, and 6 year old, however, the 4 year old didn’t quite get it.  He made shapes, but they don’t really match each other.

Our 11 year old built a “guy”. It reminds me of something, but I can’t quite place it right now.


Our 8 year old built a suit of armor. Some of the colors are not exactly the same, but I am not sure if he could find matching pieces. I think he put the most thought into his creation.


One of the creations at Gather Love Grow was a video game. Our 6 year old like that idea and this is his version of a video game.


Many thanks to Isabelle at Gather Love Grow for another Lego Challenge.  This one was helpful in teaching about symmetry to the younger kids.