5 Ways to Connect Legos and Literature

What do you do when spring is shining and the kids are squirming?

If you have a child who is enthusiastic about Legos,

enrich their time with a little literary creativity! 

Here are five suggestions: L.E.G.O.S.

weiss bowditch1. Listen to audiobooks while they create.

 

j, w and sauron2. Encourage illustration and narration.

  • Encourage them to build an illustration from a favorite book out of Legos, like this one of Sauron from Lord of the Rings (Thanks, James and William!)
  • Teachers and homeschoolers—could you offer this option instead of a book report next year?!

 

51mhDuSEwVL._SY396_BO1,204,203,200_3. Go to the library or bookstore.

  • Look in the Juv 688.7 section. (We like Totally Cool Creations by Sean Kenney)
  • Easy readers illustrated with Legos may be shelved by the author. (For a list of titles and where to find them at your library, try a subject search: LEGO toys–Juvenile fiction)
  • Many libraries offer Lego Clubs where kids can play with pieces they don’t have at home.
  • Brick Shakespeare and Brick Fairy Tales are classic literature illustrated with Lego. (Both are intended for ages 9 and up). See also Janie’s review of the Faith Builder’s Bible here.

 

books4. Offer a reading challenge and reward them with Lego.

 

jericho5. Stop-Motion Filmmaking

AND, if your children create any literary Lego scenes, please send a photo and description to
megan (at) redeemedreader.com.
I’d love to compile a page containing photos of ALL your books and bricks creations!

 Want a printable Quick Reference Guide? Here you go!

 

I am indebted to Josh G. for his input when I was planning this post, and for showing me his Lego stop-motion filmmaking efforts, and to my nephews, James B. and William B., for sharing their Sauron creation.

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Megan is Associate Editor for Redeemed Reader who loves nothing more than helping readers (and non-readers) find books which are not only a good fit for them, but also combine Truth and Story. She has never regretted reading all those fairy tales in childhood, even though she didn’t realize at the time how much they matter to real life. Megan lives with her husband and five boys in Virginia where she enjoys knitting, playing with words, and mountain views.

2 Comments

  1. Emily P. on May 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I listened to countless audio books (and Adventures in Odyssey episodes) while playing with Legos and Duplos as a child! I remember listening to Where the Red Fern Grows and crying over my blocks during one of the sad parts.

  2. Megan on May 2, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I love it! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

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