I think it’s safe to say almost every home with a child has Lego in it. I have a love-hate relationship with Lego. On the one hand, I love the creativity Lego can foster in children when they’re encouraged to build to their hearts content without following any pre-determined instructions. While I’m not a big fan of those instruction booklets, I can also see their worth and how they can also nurture a child’s ability to follow two-dimensional instructions to create a three-dimensional representation.
Well, on this particular day, I am reminded once again of how much I love Lego.
I go in to my child’s room and this is what I’m presented with. Any guesses what it is?
It’s her version of Angry Birds! Cool, huh?? If you look closely enough you can see in this pic the slingshot and the red bird perched on top. You can also see the other Angry birds (the black one, yellow one, and the green one that boomerangs when you toss it) resting on the bottom waiting for their turn in the sling shot.
In this aerial view you can see she’s written the word ‘score’ at the top and the number 99 on the bottom. What you can’t see as well is the structure directly facing the red Angry Bird with pigs in it.
I absolutely loved this creation because it was the perfect canvas for my big kid to let her creativity shine. I have no idea why she suddenly decided to make an Angry Bird scene. She hasn’t played it in ages and we certainly haven’t mentioned it recently in any of our conversations. Yet there it was staring at me in full Lego form.
The amount of cognitive flexibility and problem solving that my child had to go through to complete this creation is astounding. At some point, she had to come to the understanding that she may not have the pieces in the right colours to make the exact shapes that she envisioned.
So, she would have had to make some serious decisions: do I focus on colour or do I focus on shape? At which point does colour matter more and shape matter less? How big should I make each piece so that they’ll all look realistic when I put them all together? I mean, it would be incredibly skewed to have a gigantic red Angry Bird perched on a tiny sling shot! That’s a lot of information to keep stored in working memory while trying to juggle and dig for Lego pieces to complete a vision.
Yep, it’s moments like this that I’m reminded of why I love Lego.
In case you’re interested, here are a few of my older posts about Lego (yes, there have been quite a few over the past few years!):
From June 3, 2011: Lego Basic Bricks – That’s all you really need
From June 17, 2012: Kids: Lego Creator Prehistoric Hunters – boost your child’s development with Lego!
From August 31, 2012: Playing with Lego Friends City Park Café – a new twist on Lego
From December 16, 2012: Playing Lego Robo Champ game – oh what fun it is!
From February 18, 2013: Lego Brain Game: Creationary = Minds at Work
From March 15, 2013: Lego Works: If I was a Kid, I’d want A Lego Creator Log Cabin 5766
From February 13, 2015: Lego…The World of Chima
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