Since our move from Texas to Georgia the boys and I have been trying to connect with local homeschoolers, but we haven’t had the best of luck so far. We have also been looking for some type of LEGO class, similar to the LEGO We Do Robotics class they were involved with in Texas. Almost two weeks ago, I spent half the morning scouring the internet, once again, for ways for us to get connected with other homeschoolers here in Georgia. When suddenly it hit me, we should start a LEGO group of our own.
I would love to do a LEGO We Do Robotics group, but I can’t afford to buy the kits. So instead, with help of the boys, we decided to create a LEGO Build Challenge group.
How it works:
We get together each week. To start, I give the kids about 5 minutes to build whatever they want. When the five minutes is up the kids take about 30 seconds and share what they have built. This gives everyone time to get there are get settled and start to focus on the activity for the day.
Once everyone has shared their 5 minute build. I introduce the topic for the day and give them the rules of the build. They then divide into pairs and get to work. Depending on what the build challenge determines how much time they have to build. After the time is up, the groups take a minute or two and share what they built.
This week was our first week and they boys had a great time and are excited about next week. They were also able to meet several other boys around their own age.
This Weeks Challenge: Create a Creature
Since this was the first week and I was unsure how everything was going to go and how it was all going to work, I went with a very open and broad topic.
1. Can use any LEGOs you wish.
2. They had to name their creature.
3. They had to tell us what it eats.
4. They had to tell us about its habitat.
I even provided them with a handout that had the rules, questions to help them complete all of the rules and a place where they could draw a picture of their build.
A triple headed snake
A Ladybug. (Thing 1 and his partner built this)
I really think this was a great experience for these homeschooled kids. For one they all seemed to have a great time, but it also allowed them the opportunity to…
- Speak in front of a group.
- Use creative and critical thinking.
- Work collaboratively. This is probably where my boys struggled the most, because they were not working with each other, but with other kids. So they had to learn how to handle differences of opinions because, at our house they usually all agree.
Each week I hope to share with you our LEGO Build group challenges, maybe it can inspire the LEGO lover in your life.