Lego Block Party – One of the Easiest Programs You Can Do

6 Nov

2000px-LEGO_logo.svgWe don’t have a dedicated Lego Club, but we bust out our Legos, especially when the kids don’t have school.  We’ve tried different approaches – themes, no themes, read alouds, games, etc.  And I really enjoy dumping the Legos on the floor and letting the kids go to town.

A lot of the kids that come into our library are book solid with sports, programming, music, art and more.  I like creating an environment where the kids can use their imagination, work their brain muscles and are given the time to explore.  For the most part I saw a lot of robots and other machines that had lasers, guns and the works, but the kids were so proud of their creations!  And that’s what I want – kids to enjoy building for the sake of building, not to expect a prize at the end and to be proud of their creations.

It was interesting to see this time around – I had about 20 kids in my first group, probably about 2/3 boys.  I had a number of groups of boys collaborating on projects and the girls working separately on their own.  Normally, I see the opposite, but I like giving the kids a chance to work together, share resources, and plan how their creation will come together.

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3 Responses to “Lego Block Party – One of the Easiest Programs You Can Do”

  1. colarosad November 6, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    Thank you so much for this post, and I adore your blog! I am thinking of starting a Lego Club in January and have read so many articles about themes, read-alouds and games and was on the fence about doing anything except good old fashioned imaginative building! I had one question — do you provide the Legos, or do the children bring their own. We currently do not own a ton of Legos.

    • literacious November 9, 2015 at 9:13 am #

      We provide the Legos, it’s just easier than making sure no ones Legos go home with someone else. I think we ended up purchasing a few bins of Legos, we tried to ask for donations (which most librarians have a lot of luck) but we didn’t get any!

  2. colarosad November 6, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Thank you for this post, and I adore your blog! I’m starting a new Lego Club at my library in January and was on the fence about the themes, read-alouds and games aspect and happy to know you’ve tried them all and came to this conclusion! Just had one question — do you provide the Legos, or do the children bring their Legos? Right now, we don’t have a ton of Legos.

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