One fun way to bring books to life is to literally bring them to life. In this case, we’re using LEGOs! We read four of our favorite books, then I challenged my kids to make LEGO creations based on themes from the book. Their creativity was surprising and it was tons of fun to sit down and play LEGOs with the kids for a rainy afternoon.
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Storytime LEGO Building Challenge
Sometimes my kids complain that they don’t know what to make from LEGOs after making the directions on the original sets, but with these books as inspiration, their creativity soared! Even my preschooler was able to get in on the action by using Duplos in her project. Here are a few of the builds we did…
Where the Wild Things Are Sailboat
We noted that Max took a red sailboat on his trip to the land of the Where the Wild Things Are, which took him “over a year.” My daughter didn’t think the boat as illustrated could support him for over a year, so she gave him an upgrade in this version.
Rosie Revere Engineer Helicopter
Rosie makes a (failed) helicopter in Rosie Revere, Engineer, so we thought it would be a lot of fun to make a LEGO version. Our LEGO helicopter also has flaws, because once our LEGO Rosie sat in it, we realized the propeller was hitting her in the head! So, my daughter, like a real engineer, had to make some adjustments to her original design.
Dragons Love Tacos
I’ve pretty much never met a kindergartner that doesn’t love the book Dragons Love Tacos. It’s gets a giggle out of them almost every time. So I definitely had to include this in our storybook LEGO building challenge. Plus, LEGO tacos make them giggle too :)
Little Owl’s Night Owl
Little ones who aren’t quite ready for regular LEGOs can still join in on this challenge. We made the owl from Little Owl’s Night for our Duplo project. It took some thinking for my preschooler to figure out how to make her square duplos turn into sometime that resembled the roundness of Little Owl’s eyes.
More Storybook STEAM Activities
We’re a huge fan of Rosie Revere, Engineer and her buddy Iggy Peck, Architect. They’ve inspired us to build and tinker and they can inspire your kids too! Be sure to check out this Tinkering Station for Young Engineers and 100 Invitations to Build if you’re fans too.
Check out this book filled with 100+ Play & Learn LEGO Activities!
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