I’m homeschooling children in two different grades, so I love it when I find an activity that can be used across grade levels. I also love it when I find a lesson that keeps my youngsters’ hands busy in a purposeful manner. Enter Lego Quest, a free, hands on resource I can easily use with my second grader AND my fourth grader.
I discovered Lego Quest over the summer and have recently added it to my weekly lesson plans. If your children love Legos and you want to use the Legos you already have (YES, please!) as a teaching tool, check out the activities in Lego Quest.
The creator of the Lego Quest is Sam, a wife and homeschooling mother of two. She describes the Lego Quest as “a non-competitive, creative building challenge resource for LEGO loving kids”. Lego Quest features 51 weekly challenges, plus a bonus activity. This means children can enjoy weekly Lego challenges for an entire year!
Lego Quest challenges are wonderfully varied. One week children are asked to create an ancient monument, while on another week little architects are expected design a maze or create a self portrait. The expectations of each challenge are clearly described and the challenge includes a link that shows photos of how other children have interpreted the challenge.
I give the girlies between 60 and 90 minutes to plan and complete the week’s challenge. Part of our challenge includes an extension activity I have added. After completing the activity, the girlies are required to write about the challenge. They are always asked to describe their creation, but I also toss in additional writing prompts such as:
- Compare and contrast: Take a good look at your creation and at your sister’s creation. Describe how the creations are alike and different.
- How to: Describe the steps you took to create this week’s masterpiece.
- Advice: What was the most difficult part of this challenge and what advice would you give to another child who wishes to complete this challenge?
- Persuasive: Pretend that a single Lego creation from today’s challenge will be featured in the display case at our library. Convince me to use your creation.
Lego Quest can be a fun addition to your homeschool schedule. I’ve found it to be a fantastic way for my children to play and learn. If you’d like to add a writing component to the Lego Quest, download the writing pages I have created: Lego Quest Writing Page.
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