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.
1. Listen to audiobooks while they create.
- Suggestions: Audiobook reviews on RR, Jim Weiss, Librivox (select “children’s literature” under “genre”)
- 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?!
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.
4. Offer a reading challenge and reward them with Lego.
- Need suggestions? Try the 2016 Redeemed Reader challenge!
- Stop-motion videos can be used to develop and record their own stories.
- Jericho: The Promise Fulfilled. Shatterpoint Entertainment, 2010.
- Brick Flicks: A comprehensive guide to making your own stop-motion Lego movies by Sarah Herman. Skyhorse Publishing, 2015. 206 pages.
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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