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LEGO Game: Creative Teaching

Updated on August 30, 2012

My son loves to build with Lego blocks, and I'm always trying to think of new and fun ways to use them and inspire his creativity. Recently, I invented a LEGO Challenge game to both inspire his imagination and build some basic skills.

Lego Challenge Game

In the LEGO Challenge game, my son and I challenge each other to build specific things out of our Lego Duplo blocks. As part of each challenge, we specify what to build and give some parameters about what has to be included in the final creation.

For example, I could challenge him to build a doughnut shop and require that he use four blue square blocks and two yellow rectangle blocks. Anything goes!

Lego Products: Duplo
Lego Products: Duplo | Source

LEGO Challenge!

We recently played LEGO Challenge and had some pretty amazing results. My son is five years old, and we spent almost an hour playing this game (which is a really long time for a boy that age!).

LEGO Creation: Flying Car

First, I challenged him to build a flying car. I asked him to use at least five square blocks and three blue blocks of any shape. His final creation had a cockpit and wheels, and it even had a pilot. He took what I asked him to do and made it more creative. By the time he was finished, he was telling me all about where the flying car was going. Hello, creativity!

LEGO Creation: Flying Car
LEGO Creation: Flying Car | Source

LEGO Creation: The House for "Umbrella Girl"

Next, he challenged me to build a house for a little Lego figurine holding an umbrella. The house had to have a boat, some "guests", a tree (which he built and handed to me), five green blocks and three yellow blocks. I was amazed at his challenge, but I managed to put it all together. We laughed about what the characters were doing in the house, and why the girl was holding an umbrella inside her house (same reason as why the other guy is in a boat - there's water in the house!).

LEGO Creation: A "house" for the girl holding the umbrella had to contain a boat (far right), several "guests", five green blocks and three yellow blocks.
LEGO Creation: A "house" for the girl holding the umbrella had to contain a boat (far right), several "guests", five green blocks and three yellow blocks. | Source

LEGO Building: Monument

Then it was my turn, and I challenged him to build a monument with at least seven rectangle blocks. After some discussion about what monuments looked like, he built one of his own design.

Lego Building: Monument
Lego Building: Monument | Source

LEGO Building: The Office

Next he asked me to build an office for a Lego "office worker". The office had to contain a window block and a roof block. I added some "filing cabinets" behind the worker, and we talked about what is found in an office.

LEGO Building: The Office
LEGO Building: The Office | Source

LEGO Creation: Pirate Ship

Finally, we together built a pirate ship, which contained a treasure chest and two pirates. We laughed about what could be in the treasure chest. Jewels? A puppy? Popcorn? The captain's parrot?

Pirate ship (complete with treasure chest and pirates)!
Pirate ship (complete with treasure chest and pirates)! | Source


This same activity can be expanded in many ways. For example, in each challenge listed above, we ended up telling a story or learning about the item. When I asked my son to build a monument, he wasn't sure exactly what that was. So I gave him some examples that I knew he had seen, and he got excited about designing his own monument. He learned about monuments and architecture at the same time!

With some easy prompts, LEGO Challenge can inspire both creativity and a lot of fun!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Simone! I'm finding that I like playing with them more now than when I was a kid.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Gosh, this sounds like so much fun! Amy Gille, after reading your Hubs, I have half a mind to go out and buy some LEGOs for myself ;)

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for reading, aksem62! I hope you will try some of these with your grandson. Leave a comment if you do!

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      aksem62 5 years ago

      My grandson is fascinated by LEGO