I’m always on the hunt for fun ways to keep my kids engaged and interested and thinking creatively.
And when I find something that works, and it’s unplugged, creative fun, it’s a serious win.
Today after school, while Cora was working on homework and Maddy and Owen were recharging, I put them to work.
Why not, right? They’re young.
A few days ago, I ran across something on Pinterest that got me thinking. Would it be possible for kids to design and build simple holiday-inspired objects out of Legos? Could I give them just a little guidance and just a little inspiration and have them take it from there?
I was pretty impressed with what they came up with.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Halloween Lego Game–Unplugged, Creative Fun:
First, I grabbed a ton of plain Lego bricks. I wanted just bricks.
No windows, flowers, wheels, or people.
Just good, ole plain-Jane Lego bricks.
And really, this took the most time for me–separating Legos.
But I found some, and then I printed out two ‘inspiration sheets’. I grabbed one from my pal Allie’s site, on a post she wrote called Halloween Lego Challenge. The post is awesome, and I love the whole idea of building something for kids and having them do their best to build the same thing.
It’s a fantastic cognitive and fine-motor skill-builder, especially for little guys.
I also found inspiration from Geek Alerts; their Halloween Lego Set post actually shows the pieces they built from a set you can buy: Halloween Lego Set.
So I printed the sheets out and gave Maddy and Owen the challenge: build some Halloween-inspired things.
We talked about what those things could be–the objects on the sheets that I printed out or other things Halloween, like brooms, bats, hats, ghosts, monsters, ghouls, whatever.
And what they came up with was cute and simple.
I loved that they were using what was on the sheets as inspiration along with what we had to really come up with some cool things: a pumpkin, a ghost, a witch, candy corn, a hat, and a little Frankenstein monster.
Working with Legos in any capacity is a fabulous way for kids to get their brains moving and fine motor muscles working. And whether they’re following instructions step by step or whether they are creating pieces on their own, it’s all good.
It all rocks.
My longer-term idea was to have this Lego challenge be a part of Cora’s class Halloween party–but that’s a whole other story coming a few days down the road.
But much like the inspiration sheets I printed and gave to Maddy and Owen to get them started, I want to do the same for the kids in Cora’s class.
If you want to print out the Halloween Lego Scramble sheets–little pictures of Halloween items that just about any kid can make with just about any regular set of Lego blocks–you can print it out here: halloween lego game _ teachmama.com
Huge and happy thanks for sharing them if you’d like, but please direct folks to this post rather than the attachment page.
My goal is to use it as an inspiration for small groups during the Halloween class party this month.
Some other ideas for making Halloween Lego-building fun:
- add a timer and make it a timed copy and build;
- share a card and have everyone try to make their own version of the item at the same time;
- take turns flipping a card and building the item;
- have kids take pictures of their own Halloween items and add them to the cards!
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Huge and happy thanks to Allie of No Time for Flashcards and to the team at Geek Alerts for sharing their Halloween Lego posts.
Want a few more fun halloween party ideas?
- halloween class party ideas
- halloween ghost cookies
- boo! your neighbors
- alternatives to halloween candy
- halloween joke notes
- halloween learning
- hats, cats, and pumpkin grid game
- dinner in a pumpkin
- candy experiments
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