Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lego Book Challenge

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A few summer's ago we used a free Lego Lapbook & lessons from Homeschool Share. It was just one of those fun school things & the boys really enjoyed it. Their favourite part was the daily lego challenge & since then they've asked me a million times if I have any lego challenges for them. They've participated in the Lego Challenge blog, but not on a regular basis. 

A week or so ago it was quite hot & humid, the kind where you close all the blinds, pull the outside shade protectors down & huddle in the shade with a bottle of water until you run to the beach. Yeah, that kinda hot. Instead of hiding, though, we decided to finish off Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets. We started it sometime in 2010 I think.  The books are amazing to read, but it was often pushed to the back of the pile when something else came up, a library book, a school book, a long forgotten book on the shelf.

Morgan bemoaned the fact that I never finished reading it to him & that he'd really like to not only finish it but move on in the series. On this particularly hot & muggy day I grabbed the book & just started reading. They are the type of book that after only reading a few sentences you feel like you've read pages & pages, so beautifully descriptive & full of information. So we read & read, & each time I tried to put the book down they'd cry for more. We finished it that week & have since moved on & finished book three as well.

However, on this particular hot day, after visiting the beach for hours & reading for hours there was a very listless eleven year old who wanted to bake cake pops. He was so disappointed when I told him that I thought unwise as turning the oven on would make the house hotter, so instead I said, "But I do have a lego challenge for you!" 

I challenged him to build a scene from the book we had just wrapped up, any scene he wanted from his own imagination. We lost him for hours buried deep in the lego pool. {No, really it's a pool of lego!} When he emerged later he had the above scene all built up. He asked me if I knew what it was & was ever so delighted when I said, "Of course I do! That's Harry after he's defeated the Basilisk & he's about to throw the fang into Tom Riddle's diary. Ginny is the red head laying off to the side still waiting to wake-up. But, really I love the fact that you included the Sorting Hat & the Sword of Gryffindor!" Of course that was nothing to the elation when Mr S walked in & knew what it was without descriptions.  

You knew what it was too, if you read the book, right?

2 comments:

Sheryll said...

This makes me want to buy some Harry Potter Lego!

Kendra said...

Sheryll, he only has a small amount of HP lego, the snake, for instance, was all free formed. He created it & just plucked lego out of the pool. ;)