Lego club activities for the 7-10 set?
March 26, 2013 2:35 PM Subscribe
I expressed interest in leading a Lego club for younger kids, which will take place at a local library. While I have a Lego fan at home, I have never led formal building exercises, and I'd be happy to hear your ideas for manageable, fun group activities.
posted by MonkeyToes to Education (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
A few specifics: This would be a group of not more than 10 kids, seated at a single table in a room set apart from the main library. There's not a ton of space, so larger projects are probably out (but small vignettes would work well). No robotics involved. Sessions would probably run for less than an hour, over the course of eight weeks.
I'd like to send the kids home with a small assignment each week (can you suggest any specific tasks, or direct me to a website with ideas for building small?) so that show-and-tell is first on the agenda. If you have a young builder in the house, what would he or she like to learn about, as far as techniques go? I'd also like to talk about the larger Lego universe -- things like the magazine, or relevant cool sites, or about current sets, or how bricks are made, or ...? Ideas on those subjects are welcome too. How can I design a cumulative group project, using techniques that they learn? Examples, please? If you were going to do these sessions, what would *you* like to see included? If you have run a similar group, what worked well for you? What kind of techniques should I cover?
tl; dr: I have more willingness than expertise in leading a Lego club for kids. Please help me figure out how to help younger builders learn to do some cool new stuff with their bricks. Links appreciated. Thanks, Hive Mind!