Coming up with Lego challenges that we can do at home has been a little tricky, but this one worked out pretty good!!  For this challenge, I had my kiddos build TWO different creations. For the first part, they could build whatever they wanted.  A house, a boat, a car, a houseboat, a carhouse, whatever! ... Continue Reading →

This one is another classic STEM challenge I repurposed for Lego Club.  After going over rules, I showed everybody a picture of a diving board, a crane, and an airplane wing.  Then I asked everyone what they all had in common.  An older kiddo eventually guessed that they were all cantilevers, which means that the... Continue Reading →

WRECKING BALL TIME! https://gph.is/g/4wM2XvD I came up with this one when I saw this post, where kids use an apple as a wrecking ball.  But as always, I wanted to put my own spin on it and make it accessible to my Lego Club kiddos.  So after going over rules, I told my kids that... Continue Reading →

The Holiday Train came through our town recently, so I thought it would be a great idea if we made one big train!  So after we went over rules, I told my kiddos that everyone would be making a train car!  They could make it a holiday train, but they could really make it anything. ... Continue Reading →

Circus fun!!  I came up with this idea completely out of the blue.  I was trying to think of simple machines in real life, and somehow thought about the circus too.  It's kinda just an easily accessible way to teach some science!! So after we went over rules, I told my kiddos that we would... Continue Reading →

I often combine old ideas and make them into fresh new ones.  It's just a great way to still be creative when you haven't had any big new ideas in awhile.  So for this one I combined my Monster Maker Lego Club Challenge with my popular Disaster Island Lego Challenge.  So we made monsters based... Continue Reading →

When I came up with this one, I wanted to do something tie into the the Summer Reading theme of "Universe of Stories."  But I didn't want to do just rockets or spaceships.  Instead I got inspiration from the egg drop challenges I did in grade school. So after we went over rules, I told... Continue Reading →

Races are always a great idea for a Lego Club.  They can get a bit chaotic, but kids definitely get really into it.  We've done a few races over the years, from zip line races to wind racers.  The goal was always to build something fast, but this time I thought it would be great... Continue Reading →

The one question I always try to answer with my programming is "why?"  As in, "Why should I come to the library?"  It's always easier to not do something, then to go out and do something, so I always try to keep that in mind when programming.  Library programs should be engaging, inclusive, educational, and... Continue Reading →

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