April 2016

Six Bricks


Taking Lego bricks everywhere we go has been a fundamental part of our routine.  We use the regular 2×4 bricks to create and explore the multiple combinations that six bricks can create.

The goal is to play with design and challenge the brain.  It’s a wonderful challenge for everyone.


Using Cameras!

We spent the morning building and playing with our cameras.  It’s all unscripted, like life.

Afterwards, we went on a shooting spree!

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Kids see the world through a viewfinder that’s pure.  She showed me to follow in her steps.


The Hungry Caterpillars!


After reading a book about a caterpillar,who was very hungry, we took the idea further with Lego bricks.

We went to the nearest Japanese looking park, and we let our comprehension come alive!

First, we made fruit like this:

That’s good looking fruit!  Again we are using basic 2×4 Lego bricks to create and challenge our imaginations.

Second, we scattered the fruit around the park and went to work.


Those caterpillars were very hungry!


Here they are getting a tan.


They all went crazy on the bananas.


Finally, they settled for some blue berries!  Great times…

She enjoyed playing with them and talking about the story.

Pushing Toward Independence!

This year my son wanted the new Lego Tie fighter.   I was like, cool, but…..  The price blew me away.  Since Lego emphasizes that it wants every kid to enjoy creating with bricks, it would be awesome if you can rummage and use old Lego bricks and reinvent models.



So, I went to : and found the earliest Lego Tie fighter model.


Close enough!  I figure that by now, one can build a Lego model this unique…

Lego’s motto should have a system where you can cross build.   I know it can cut into a profit driven business, but Lego’s strength is in its ability to recreate Lego with Legos.  Does that make sense?

After 6 months of scavenging at a second hand Lego bin, along with our Legos from old sets, he was able to re-engineer the model below.



Now we are searching for Darth Vader pieces to complete the set.  We learned how to scavenge for pieces, patience, and re-engineering.  The idea is to create a model with pieces you own and pieces you find.

For out next project we will attempt to build Darth Vader’s Tie fighter……



Building with 9 year olds boys!

As we get older, Legos stay the same.  They can communicate in a language of their own.  Families can interact with their kids and kids will open up about their world.

Boys are like oranges, you have to peel them to get into their thoughts.  At home we play to learn and learn to play.

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His first attempt at building an R2 unit.


Legos are the new wooden blocks.


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