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Olympic Games #14 – Olympic Lego Activities and Play

Today’s Games event is Olympic Lego activities and play. Medals aren’t given out for toys but if they were, Lego would win the gold.

Lego activities

Lego may look like a simple, humble toy but it gets the top score for both technical merit and artistic impression. Lego scores high for artistic expression as well. It is amazingly versatile and appeals to kids—and adults. Kids have to use some basic science, like having links up a tower for stability, along with imagination.

Lego play activities

Lego can be anything: animals, dinosaurs, vehicles, buildings, trees, flowers, machines, monsters, games, people, sculptures, and food, although we can’t eat it. Kids can play with it over and over and never make the same thing twice. There is no time limit on creativity.

Lego play activities

As children build with Lego, they are also building their knowledge and skills. In order to develop the immense brain connections and pathways, children need to experiences, especially of the hands-on kind. One of the ways the brain gathers information is via the senses. With Lego, the senses of taste and smell do not come into play, but touch, sight, and hearing certainly do. Lego is a tactile experience as fingers, hands, and other parts of the body, all manipulate the bricks. Touch sensations on the feet can be painful, though. Ask anyone who has ever stepped on Lego. All of the sizes, shapes, and colors of Lego and various creations challenge eyes. The sound of hands hunting thru Lego for a particular piece or dumping Lego on the floor is surprisingly loud.

Lego sensory play

A few of the skills involved in Lego play activities include problem-solving, observing, predicting, making choices, planning, and others. There’s plenty of science and math to use and discover.

Olympic Lego activities and play

The local library in our area has a display of items kids made from Olympic Lego activities. These are photos of diving boards. There are stadiums, stairs, boats, and beaches. One child has made parts of a hotel for the people who go to watch. Another filled a grandstand with Duplo people. There’s a tremendous amount of brain and body coordination during play. Play is the gold medal activity for kids. Does your child play with Lego?

Space and Imaginative Activities #4: Lego Space Play

Did you hear that 3 Lego characters traveled all the way to Jupiter? Their adventures inspire some Lego space play for today’s play-of-the-day.

Lego space play
credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/KSC

Three Lego figurines, made of special aluminum and tested for space, finally made it to Jupiter. Their journey has been 5 years and 1.7 billion miles long. While the Lego people that kids have at home is different than the ones sent into space, they can still have adventures. The only other material kids need besides some Lego bricks is imagination.

Building a Lego spacecraft is quite a challenge. Older kids might really enjoy it, but younger ones may like using a toilet paper roll or other cardboard tube as their rocket. Little Sister just likes to color on the rolls. Tuck a Lego people inside the tube or roll and fold over the ends so the space traveller doesn’t fall out. Let the journey begin.

play with paper tubes and rolls

Imagination is a powerful tool and strategy. Corporations search for adults who come up with imaginative ideas and creative solutions. We don’t think of imagination as a skill, but it’s something that kids can develop. They need play activities and opportunities.

To rev up your child’s imagination, parents and caregivers can ask questions. These could be, “Where is your Lego going?” Talk about what the Lego people might see. Is there anyone else to meet? Kids like action. You could ask the Lego character to tell what it’s doing.

Lego space play

Just imagine if these 3 Lego people stay on Jupiter. They would need houses, stores, cars, food, furniture and other items. Kids can also build these. The Lego people don’t have to stay on Jupiter. Perhaps they decide to go to a different planet. Lego space play can go anywhere. In the words of Einstein, “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Where will your child go?

October Alphabet: L is for Lego Halloween Activities

While Lego bricks are hard enough to last for decades, they are flexible for all sorts of play. Here are some suggestions for fun Lego Halloween activities.

Lego Halloween activitiesKids of any age, except the really young ones, love Lego and Duplo. They can be used in so many different  ways. A monster is a great place to start because it can be any size, shape, or design. Monsters can be fairly simple or very elaborate, depending on children’s interests and involvement. A monster may happen in one session or over several days as kids add and change to their creations. If there are enough blocks, kids may want to make several different versions of monsters.

monster facial expressions with LEGO With the flat plates, it’s possible to make monster or witch faces. The transparent red circles used for lights on vehicles are very effective as eyes. Monsters don’t need to have 2 eyes, 1 nose, and 1 mouth. They are monsters, so there could be several of each, in all sorts of places. Not all Frankenstein’s have green faces, this one is pink.

There are some Lego and Duplo Halloween figurines, but kids might want to make their own zombies, witches, goblins, and other Halloween creatures. While there are plenty of red bricks  to make a candy apple, apparently, there are even orange bricks for making a pumpkin. Too bad garage sale season is mostly over, or I would haunt them looking for the orange ones.

Lego Halloween activitiesAnother idea is a haunted house or maybe a whole town. Haunted houses don’t just have to be made with Lego. Kids may want to play with other construction toys as well, such as wooden blocks.

As toys, Lego and Duplo are quite a treat. The trick is not to step on them, especially in bare feet. It seems to be some sort of initiation ritual for parenthood. Have you been there and done that?

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