While I am in transition mode between one school year and the next, we are filling our days with some fun activities this summer.
First on the list is Lego Club. This idea popped up in a brief conversation with another homeschool mom where we were discussing the similarities between our boys. We each have 2 boys with nearly 2 years between in age and the brother/competition/rivalry thing had been creeping up in both families. What to do? Give them Legos!
We invited the boys from a few other families and now have around 10 boys between the ages of 7 and 11 joining us in our Summer Lego Club. We were inspired by the challenges posted on Lego Quest Blog. This site has 3 years worth of Lego building and creating challenges posted. Pop on over and see all the creations – you’ll be inspired too!
Using the pattern from this blog, our boys are building a unique creation to fit a category each week. They bring their Lego creation to the club meeting, display it for the others members, explaining what it is, why they built it, how they built it, what inspired them to build it.
And then it’s a free-for-all. The demonstrations and derbies and dare-devil stunts commence, along with plenty of interaction and cooperation as they build and compare and tear down and rebuild amazing, never-before-imagined structures.
The first week, we challenged the boys to create a Lego car of some kind. And as a bonus assignment, a birdhouse. We had some very clever and unique creations on display that day. At the close of the club meeting, they were given the challenge for Week Two — an aircraft and a fish. Take a look at some of the creations that showed up this week!
NOTE: With the boy geniuses hard at work, the sisters have formed their very own craft club, so there’s a whole lot of creating going on (More on that next week!)
This is one way we are spending our time this summer. What activities are you using to keep your gang occupied?