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Lego Afternoons

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In celebration of my first professional development seminar, I’m writing my first post on after school programs for school aged children. Last year I secured funding to run a Lego Club. For more information on what you need and what to buy, click here to view PUBYAC’s archives of “Lego Compilation.”

No matter what the age of children, all of my programs from babies to teens are book-based. The children always listen to a story before we do an activity…even with my Lego Club. At first, I thought the kids would moan and groan about a story but luckily I was wrong! I invite the children to sit on carpet squares and settle down while I read a story. I mix in fiction, non-fiction, and conceptual stories and when I’m done reading I give them the Top Secret Lego Challenge of the Day. I’ve been doing this program for the past year and I don’t think I’ll ever run out of ideas! Here’s my “syllabus” so you can share with your kids. And if you live in Connecticut and are planning on attending CLA on Monday, April 29, 2013, please come to my seminar to get more school aged programming ideas!

(Note: I assign each child a number at the beginning of each Lego session. I get their parent’s email address and email the photo of their creation each week. We’re a small library and I don’t have room to display their pieces. We have to break everything down and clean up at the end of each club meeting.)

Book to Read Top Secret Lego Challenge
Pirate Girl anything piratey
Birds by Kevin Henkes something that flies
21 Elephants bridge
Are You a Horse? animal
Hot Rod Hamster something with wheels
Baby Brains and Robo Mom robot
I Need My Monster monster
Aliens are Coming something from outer space
Balloons Over Broadway something in a parade
Hannah’s Collections create a baggie/cup and have them build using only those pieces
Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution something new
All You Need For a Snowman something snowy
Miss Brooks Loves Books something from your favorite book
Green by Laura Seeger something monochromatic
My Heart is Like a Zoo a shape (or something Valentine’s Day)
Goldilocks and the 3 Dinosaurs fairy tale
13 Words by Lemony Snicket a letter or a word
I Spy Under the Sea sea creature
You Are What You Eat an expression
Muncha, Muncha, Muncha something for spring
Duck or Rabbit something that can be two things
Except If something not as it seems
A mechanic fixing a car on a life after listening to Hot Rod Hamster.

A mechanic fixing a car on a lift after listening to Hot Rod Hamster.

Peter building a snowman after listening to The Snowy Day.

Peter building a snowman after listening to The Snowy Day.

Ethan waiting for his monster, Gabe, after hearing i Need My Monster.

Ethan waiting for his monster, Gabe, after hearing I Need My Monster.

Harry Potter fighting the basilisk with Fawkes' help.

Harry Potter fighting the basilisk with Fawkes’ help.

The mockingjay pin Katniss wore in The Hunger Games.

The mockingjay pin Katniss wore in The Hunger Games.

A farmer getting abducted from The Aliens Are Coming!

A farmer getting abducted from The Aliens Are Coming!

P.T. Barnum following an elephant over the Brooklyn Bridge from 21 Elephants.

P.T. Barnum following an elephant over the Brooklyn Bridge from 21 Elephants.

Robomom from the Baby Brains story.

Robomom from the Baby Brains story.

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