We love Lego at Act One Adventures. My son has always played with it from an early age and I have used it at Adventure sessions for under 5’s and at our Adventure Children’s parties too. You may think of Lego as a solitary activity but there are many ways in which you can play with your children or get a group of children playing together at a play date for example, just using the humble bricks and you don’t need lots of the stuff to play some fab games.
Some great Lego Ideas for Children
Firstly, Lego can be great for storytelling. If your child has a favourite story it can literally be brought to life with the bricks. At an Adventure session we did last year all about fairy tales we looked at the story The Three Little Pigs. I had brought along two boxes, one covered with straw (shredded paper) and the other covered with sticks. I also brought along lots of Duplo and the children then built the house made out of bricks. Some built their own individual houses but others joined together to put their towers and walls together.
With slightly older children (4+) setting them challenges can be a great way to develop creativity and explore Lego building away from just building a prescribed set. At a party last weekend the birthday girl loved Lego and in particular the Lego friends character Livi the Popstar, so I challenged the children to make something a popstar would wear or use. It was great! the kids made microphones, sunglasses even stages. I then challenged them to make a birthday cake out of Lego and on other occasions we have written names out of Lego, a monster etc.
Tower building is also an obvious activity but one that can be adapted for the age of the child. When my son was really small I would build a tower as quick as I could and he would try to knock it down as quick as he could. He loved it and it would always end up in giggles. As he has got older we have played a dice game where we roll the dice and you then add that number of bricks to the tower. You can either do it for a set time limit and then see who has the biggest tower, or keep going until one tower falls down.
Another games style activity you can do is to write or draw on cards a category – so things like vehicles, something outdoors, something inside, something you would find in the kitchen. Put them in a bag and then take turns to draw a card and everyone has to build what is on the card. Again you could set a time limit or maybe limit the amount of bricks to make it more of a challenge or make it limitless so your imaginations can really go wild.
To encourage free play develop storytelling with Lego get a large roll of paper or back of wallpaper. Use any existing build sets your child may have and get them to place them around the paper. You can the draw roads, rivers etc connecting them and the children can then add builds to it to make a city or they can decide that the roads etc lead to more adventurous places.
We have also played building just with one or two colour bricks and we have also done a blindfold mini figure challenge. This is where you look at a mini figure then close your eyes and the other person take it apart. You then have to put the mini figure back together without looking. This is one we have done at restaurant tables so a great on the go game.
What are some of your favourite Lego activities? Do feel free to share in the comments below.