Believe it or not, I got the idea for this one from “Oregon Trail.” Only this time, there’s no dysentery 🙂
After we went over the rules of Lego Club, I started talking about the theme. I told my kiddos that they would be building their own deserted island for about 20 minutes. And they can build it however they want.
After 20 minutes of a free build everyone pulled a Disaster Card:
I have a Publisher file at Teachers Pay Teachers for free if you want to use these cards.
Whatever disaster they pull will now happen to their island, so they need to find a way to fix it. The idea is to NOT destroy what they already built, but add to their island to solve their problem!! No one HAD to pick a disaster, they could just keep building like normal–but nearly every kid did, regardless of age.
Here’s some examples:
This island needed food, so they built some bushes and vegetables. Yum yum.
This island was going to sink, so they built a ladder to get to higher ground. Nice!
A hurricane was going to hit this island, so they put a roof on their house. And a siren to warn everyone.
Overall it worked out pretty well. However, some kids finished fixing their disasters faster than I thought they would. So some kids kept picking extra disasters, which was fine. Some of their islands kinda turned into hot messes because of that, but they had a great time telling the group all the disasters they had to fix!
Here’s a video I did talking a bit more about the project with some more examples:
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This is such a great idea! Incredible lam to have my after school group try to come up with some
More ideas and try to expand on this idea, as Legos are a favorite therapy item within our groups 😁. Thank you so much for this fantastic tool! It will increase the social skills as well as problem solving skills within our program!
YAY! I’m so glad you found this helpful.
GENIUS IDEA! Thank you so very much!
This is a great idea! I am using it as one of my LEGO STEM bins that I am creating as part of my Girl Scout Gold Award.
Great idea for playtime with my son this summer. thanks
This is great! I spent about 4 hours doing this with my daughter today. She just kept picking new disasters after she solved the previous one, so by the end she had a very complex island that solved all the disasters (except for 2).
Seriously great fun. My kid did way more creative things than she usually does with Legos, so thanks!