Building Projects with Legos

elle kahlin

Every year I try out a few experimental projects.  If they are successful, we use them again.  If not, we learn something from it and move on.  A recent experiment involved printing with Legos because… who doesn’t love Legos?

The first round with 2nd graders was left very open ended.  Student were asked to use Legos and a stamp pad to “build” something creative.

up close

WHAT DID WE LEARN?

hands close

We learned that the students came up with amazing inventions, but the stamp pads were much messier than expected (sorry parents!).  I immediately ordered washable ink pads and tried it again with a “gadget print” pumpkin project.

legolego2

WHAT DID WE LEARN?

Once again, the students created beautiful work. This time we learned that washable ink washes off our fingers much faster, but it also doesn’t print nice dark lines like the regular stamp pads. We even put foam sheets under our paper to get as much detail as possible.  It helped, but colored pencils were still needed for contrast.

pump print

NEXT EXPERIMENT…GIANT Legos with paint

dino book

First grade students read If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most. They used large Legos with black tempera to build a background for their illustrations. I found an imitation set of Legos like this at the local grocery store.

sophia

lego dino

WHAT DID WE LEARN?

We learned that large Legos are much easier for little hands to manipulate.  We also learned that black paint makes a much bolder design than a stamp pad.  There is one more project that I want to try before packing the Legos away for a while.  It’s going to be the best one so stay tuned…

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