Lego activities were rolling around in my brain while I was planning this week’s Lego Lessons. When this activity popped into my head I knew it would be a perfect fit for my “thinker” (AKA Big M). He loves to see how things work, he just has to figure out the whys of everything.
When Big M gets a new Lego set he immediately follows the instructions provided. Once he’s examined their version, he rips it apart and uses those pieces to create a new structure. After a couple redesigns all of those Lego’s go into the Lego Bin and will eventually be used to make whatever brilliant Lego structure Big M envisions.
My idea? Why not figure out how to make some Lego how-to instructions of our own?
We used this traffic signal that Big M put together a week or so before. Isn’t it cool? I love what he builds.
I had him examine one of his Lego instruction books. We talked about how the instructions show the readers what they are supposed to do. Big M decided how he wanted to set up his Lego instruction booklet and we got started.
Then it was my turn to get creative. I worked a little magic on the computer using Picasa. (I never know how much detail I should give on the computer stuff. If you want to know how I did it exactly… leave me a comment and I can give more of an explanation!)
I added stickers (to make the pictures look evenly spaced) and numbers using Picnik.
This Lego activity ended up even better than I planned. Big M loved it so much he’s been talking about it non stop! Of course, since my kids are used to the “blogging life” they insisted that I make their instructions printable… you know so other kids can use them.
Big M’s Traffic Signal Instructions
Little M’s Boat Instructions
This post is a part of Lego Activities lesson plan.