Who doesn't love a little creative free play with LEGO® bricks? My girls have a substantial amount of LEGO's in our house. They break them out a couple of times a week so they can build whatever their hearts desire. The LEGO® Classic sets are the best for that. We choose to build this week for STEM Saturday because they are a great and fun way to learn engineering at a young age.
LEGO Systems and world-renowned improv group, The Upright Citizens Brigade, teamed up to show that all you need is a few bricks for hours of fun, inspiration and “out of the box thinking.” They encourage kids, parents, and families to “don’t think” and let your creative juices flow. Here is a pro tip to get the creative juices flowing.
Warm up to building. Building can be satisfying and fun even if it’s simple. Try a tower-building exercise to get your creative juices flowing. Take a pile of bricks and build a tower of any height or width – your only constraints are to start and end with your favorite color. Why? Building is intuitive. A sure-fire way to unlock your creativity is just to start clicking bricks together. Giving yourself a simple exercise with one or two guidelines is a simple way to get started.
Check out the Upright Citizens Brigade do some improv with LEGO bricks!
While my girls love building tall towers, they also love creating me birthday cakes (like the one pictured below). It usually comes to me on a LEGO plate and has a little candle on the top for me to blow out. It's super cute, and it's something that both girls have done since they were little. Sometimes the cake is huge and can be “sliced” to serve (Duplo blocks are great from this), and sometimes they are small and simple like the one below. I love watching them think about their designs and then get to building. My daughter loves the little projects that come with the LEGO Classic sets. She will make a few and then free build other things to go with them. You'll see her building the farm in the video below, she later added a swimming pool with a diving board to it.
Here is our STEM Saturday timelapse video of some of the mini creations from our LEGO Classic set.
When do your kids free build with LEGO bricks?
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