I am not a lego person. Never have been. I can build a mean brick wall and that is about it. Even as a kid with tons of bricks blocks around (yea – we had the good stuff, before legos took over the world) I could only build walls and squares. I just have never mastered the visual of using square and rectangular blocks to make anything other than a house.
So, imagine my joy when I saw the giggly girls creating some quite ingenious items with legos. The girls have spent some school time over at grandma’s house lately while I had some other stuff to do and while there, they pulled out the legos. As I walked in the door each time, I was greeted with “Come see what I made!” and “Take a picture!” So, for your viewing pleasure today, I share with you the surprise learning my girls did in creating with legos.
Surprising learning and exploration like this only happens with freedom from binding lesson plans and directions. Lots of people call this “play.” Play is so important, even in the life of a middle schooler. Don’t let them get too old to play because through the experimentation and freedom from rules that happens in play, they grow and learn and understand more of the world around them.