In honour of my brother Ryan, I welcome Kate from Laughing Kids Learn and her lego monsters.
It gives me great pleasure to share this idea with everyone at ‘Octavia and Vicky’.
When I was young I owned a big metal tub of Lego. It was my favourite play item and it was always a common sight to have the pieces scattered over my bedroom floor. I’m sure many parents have seen a similar sight.
Having a little one of my own I have enjoyed introducing her to Lego. We often build together but today I decided we would try something different, decorating Lego to create fun monsters!
To make these –
- Sticky tape or blu tack
- Googly eyes
- Scraps of material, paper, tin foil, pipe cleaners etc
Before making our Lego monsters my little girl ‘Possum’ (22 months) had to consider how we would construct our monsters so they would be different in shapes but also be able to stand up independently. This would be a great challenge for slightly older children to problem solve.
“How many Lego pieces have we used to make the body?”
“Can we make a bigger/smaller monster using more/less pieces?”
My little girl, ‘Possum’ (22 months) seems to really take on this activity one the eyes were in place. She added a few more pieces of Lego and laid out a piece of felt for it’s bed. Some of the other materials, such as the pipe cleaners, she found a little challenging to manipulate, however, older children may not have this difficulty.
I experimented with rolling paper around the Lego pieces and holding it in place simply using the pressure in the attachment. I loved that this gave Possum an opportunity to draw on the paper, adding more character to her monster.
Here we had a go at using tin foil!
This was a wonderful material that could easily be shaped however way was desired. The above Lego man had tin foil arms, which would be great fun in pretend play.
Here are some of the great characters we made together. It was lots of fun and an activity that Possum has asked to do a number of times since her first experience. I hope you and your children enjoy this activity as much as we did.