LEGO & Education: Create your own book

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Legos, we are a lego obsessed family right now, might as well use that “love” to our benefit.  We have begun incorporating legos into our education.  In addition to the Lego lapbook we made last week, I wanted to incorporate creative writing & so I challenged my son to come up with a story about LEGO MiniFigures.  We started with a graphic organizer to help create a cohesive story.  This story map was the format my son preferred, but look through the graphic organizers and see what works best for your child.  After we organized his ideas, he dictated a very clever story to me.  If your child is ready to write their own story, go for it!  If your child needs to tell you their story, serve as their scribe as they weave their tale.

We reviewed the plot together and made any necessary changes.

We could have just put his story into our lapbook, but I am a huge fan of Shutterfly books, so I decided to turn his story into a project!

lego education book
First, my son created his characters with LEGOs.  We set them in a bowl so they didn’t get disturbed, and then he worked on his scenery pieces.

On a sunny day, we went outside and he helped me place his characters in ways that corresponded with his story.  We had such a good time figuring out how to pose our LEGO MiniFigures for different parts of the story.  I didn’t have any “necessary” pictures in mind…I just followed my son’s lead and photographed whatever he asked me to.  He had fun taking some photos too & we were excited to move to the next step.

I later worked on putting his story into the online book template, but if your child is older they can easily do this themselves.  After I had the entire story entered, we worked together to decide which pictures to put on each page.

lego education book
I was surprised my son had such firm ideas about which pictures should go on which page!  Since I wasn’t taking pictures for specific pages, it was easy to fill our book because we had a nice, large folder of photos to choose from.

The last things we worked on were the Dedication Page & About The Author page.  We went to the book shelf & pulled out various chapter books.  Seeing examples of dedications was helpful since it’s not a part of the book we usually read.  I was tickled pink when my son dedicated his book to his dad, and his About The Author page turned out really cute:

lego education book

I love that this unit could be used for many ages, and LEGOs are always fun!   Here’s some other ideas of LEGO-tastic fun to include in your unit…

This homemade LEGO game is sure to bring giggles

Make a homemade LEGO Instruction Book for even your youngest builders.  Challenge older children to make a book for their younger sibling.

Incorporate some of these other fun LEGO Math ideas

What are you going to do with all those LEGOs when they’re not being used?  Make your own LEGO table, of course!

Heather About Heather

Heather spends time homeschooling, raising 3 great kids, & traveling with her family. She loves folding laundry but hates putting it away. She shares a love of Disney World with her Hubby, she's a cruise fanatic, & bird-watching hobbyist. You can follow her on Twitter as @CrazyZeus1.

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  1. What a great idea! We do stop motion films with our legos (and other stuffed animal creations). But a book is a fantastic idea, thanks for sharing!

  2. Love. Love. Love this idea!!! Totally love it! I’m pinning this, will be sharing it with my blog’s Facebook followers, and adding it to our list of summer projects! Thank you for sharing this amazing idea!!!

  3. Aaah such a cute way to get kids writing stories! Love it!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

  4. I LOVE this idea- and pinned it yesterday. I think I am going to have my 9 year old make one for his younger brother – I can’t wait. Thanks for the awesome awesome idea!!!!

  5. Love the idea! Kodak Gallery has been putting photo books on deep discount ever since I heard the website is up for sale. I think we’ll do this idea later this week. My kids will love it.

    I’m part of the Weekly Kid’s Co-op and mentioned your idea on my blog this week.

  6. So I was flicking made by you monday and it said lego….. I really think we’ll have to try this! thank you!

  7. I am so inspired! What a great idea and what a memory it would be! I’ve found you thru the weekly kids co-op. Thanks for sharing.

    Scribble Doodle and Draw

  8. This is very good idea for teacher and parents ….I love this idea of making creative photo books like the ones……This idea really helpful for kids …Its amazing and very interesting for us…..Thanks for this bog …

  9. Great ideas, I plan on taking one of our many huge tubs of LEGOs to school next year (so I can step on them in the classroom as well as at home), this would be great for story summaries, comprehension, creative writing… Thanks!

  10. Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see
    if it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.
    My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views.
    I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

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