From monthly contributor, Kristen at Celebrate Every Day with Me:
Last month, my kids and I worked on a Creation Series in Legos. It was even more fun than I expected. We learned about God’s creation and had an absolute blast building together. We built everything from land and sea to turtles and very colorful birds. Some of our animals didn’t make the cut in the series on my blog, but one of those animals soon became my favorite.
Here is why: My son started on a giraffe. At first, it looked like a yellow horse with two brown spots. When he showed me, I suggested making the legs longer and to give the giraffe a longer neck. We worked on it together. Another day, my daughter and I decided he should have more brown spots. Later, my son changed up the face. And then a couple days later, my daughter thought our little guy needed a tail (I hadn’t even thought of that).
The process was enlightening and entertaining. After about a week of adding updates, we had a cute giraffe, a sweet example of what we could create when we worked together. We all agreed he was complete and that he was good. Our little family Lego project turned out to be so much fun.
Have you ever worked with your kids to build something?
If not, I’ve got many reasons you should get started right now:
10 Reasons to Start A Family Lego Project:
1. It is Bonding. Anytime you work on something together as a family, you will find satisfaction in the time spent together and challenges you overcome, even if it is as simple as legos.
2. It is Fun. Design, build, and laugh together as you create your project.
3. It is Free. Assuming you have legos already in your house (or all over your house), this project won’t cost you a dime.
4. You are Doing Something Your Kids are Interested In. My kids get very excited when I enter their world of play, whether it is getting on the floor with them or playing with their toys.
5. It Creates Memories. Your kids will remember you joining them in their play and working together.
6. Working with Legos Has Been Shown To Develop Problem Solving Skills. I’m all for activities that pack a double punch (fun and good for development).
7. You are Creating Something As A Team. You have to work together, build upon each other’s designs and function as a team.
8. It Gets Your Collaborative Creative Juices Flowing. Think outside the box. Be creative. I am willing to bet that you will be amazed at what your kids come up with and you may even surprise yourself.
9. They Aren’t Getting Any Younger. Kids grow up too fast. Don’t miss out on spending time with them now.
10. It is an Opportunity to Encourage One Another. Build up your kids with words of affirmation and encourage them to work through any discouragement. Be their cheerleader.
How to Get Started:
Pick an animal or scene you and your kids want to create. Like our Creation Series, you can use a painted shoe box as a set and build different parts of it. No rules. Just get started and enjoy the process.
And if you’d like to follow along on our Creation Series in Legos, you can get started here. Follow our lead or be inspired to create all on your own.
Do your kids like legos? Have you ever built with them?
(Stacie’s note: Check out this fun “Shared Art” project we did for more family project ideas!)
Kristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me is a fun-loving mom to two kids who keep her busy and laughing. Add her great husband and the Lord to the mix and her life is one fantastic (and sometimes crazy) adventure. She is a former youth leader, professional wedding and event planner and has a degree in Christian Thought/Christian Ministry. She loves long lists, diet soda and playing jokes on her husband.
Kristen is the author of Teach Me To Serve: 99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn To Serve & Bless Others. On her blog, you’ll find fun ideas for children’s activities, creating memorable moments and party planning.