We love LEGO challenges, but my 4-year-old and I love them for very different reasons. I love them because they build confidence, fine motor skills, and they keep her totally engaged while I cook/check email/have a conference call. She loves them because they are fun and challenging. Our most recent LEGO challenge was a St. Patrick’s Day themed one and I really thought that the LEGO leprechaun and pot of gold would be super tricky but I was super wrong. She plowed through them like a pro. When I find an activity my daughter (or my students at school) really likes and engages her I will adapt it from theme to theme. It’s a familiar activity, but still new and fun. She is excited with the new theme. It keeps her interested and learning and I don’t have to re-invent the wheel.
Gather your materials. I admit I LOVE creating these little LEGO creations. It takes me back to when I’d challenge myself as a child with LEGO. If this isn’t your thing you can still do challenges with simple creations like these we did a few months back.
I always make two exactly the same. Then dismantle one so my daughter has a model and all the pieces she needs to recreate it. Soon I will put the pieces for all 4 in one pot and let her sort them. But we aren’t there yet. No need to make this more challenging that needed. It’s a fun activity for her right now.
Though the challenge wasn’t easy, she still loved them and these symbols of St. Patrick’s Day gave us a chance to talk about leprechauns, rainbows with pots of gold and the end of them, and Ireland. One of the main goals of these holiday-themed activities is sparking interest in the holiday, it’s symbols and traditions.
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