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{Simple} Storage Idea for Legos

If your children like Legos then you know how quickly they can overtake your home. There are so many pieces, and many of them so small. My boys love ’em, but we are always struggling to keep them organized.

Fortunately, my 9 year old is quite the organizer, and recently came up with this very simple idea for storing his special pieces. He is the same one who made a Lego design wall for his room. {You can read about that by clicking here}

You see, he collects the Ninjago sets, and when we attend our local homeschool group, it is the latest craze for all the boys. They bring their mini figures and they trade with each other.  So, my son took this empty tackle box and turned it into a Lego carrying case.

So simple, yet so practical! I just love repurposing old items from around the home. Using what we already have, and giving it a new use!
Enjoy those Legos!

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A Lego Design Wall-Repurposing a Former Schoolroom?

My son is in love with Legos {what little boy isn’t?}.  Not only building them, but designing new creations, sketching his ideas, or using the Lego Designer program.  Recently we started using the Lego Master Builder Academy.  He said his dream is to meet a real Lego Master Builder!

So, my little master builder recently got his own room.

Yes, our once “school room”
Has now been transformed to his bedroom.  

Well, since the room was a “school room”, we had this large chalkboard on the wall that my husband had made when we first started homeschooling {ya know, when you feel like you need a classroom…;)}

We decided to move our school things elsewhere in the house and reconfigure things.  After all…learning doesn’t take place in the confines of a room.

So, my son had a brilliant idea. He asked if we could buy some baseplates and cover half of the chalkboard with them.  The other half we would leave a chalkboard. This way he could design his ideas on the chalkboard, and then bring them to life on the other side.

So now we have completely repurposed our school room, with one little master builder quite happy about that…

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Junior Lego League Team

For the past few months, we have gotten together with another homeschooling family to create our own Junior Lego League team.  Each week we met to work on the challenge for this year.  The challenge involved researching how an item gets from one place to another.  Our team picked soccer balls.  They researched and found that most soccer balls are made in Pakistan.  After the research was complete, the children had to use legos to construct a model showing how the soccer balls got to our homes.  Each child was assigned one part of the model.  Grace made the flag of Pakistan out of Legos.  One of the other teammates made a truck showing how the balls would go from the factory to the boats waiting to export the soccer balls.  Luke made a cargo boat to demonstrate that part.  Another teammate made another truck demonstrating how the soccer balls got to the stores once in the U.S.

Another component of the challenge was to make a poster displaying all the children had learned.  

This was  a really fun activity these past few months.  It was a great experience for the children to participate as a team in the challenge, so that they could learn how to solve these types of problems as a team.  The research aspect was also very enlightening and great activity for the children.
Our team was very relaxed, and at this level of Lego teams, there are no “competitions.” However you are free to participate in any exhibitions to show off your creation.  We decided to just meet on our own and had a family pizza night where the kids presented their work to our families.  It was a great ending!

All in all, I am glad we decided to participate on this team.  Someday, I think Luke may be interested in competing on the competitive Lego robotics teams, but for now this was a great introduction.

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