When we think about creativity, we typically think about artistic or musical talents. But problem solving is a key component of creativity, and one that is so important to think about as we raise the next generation of world leaders.
One of our favorite creativity-builders is LEGO.
LEGO bricks are kind of a staple in our house. We love both building with LEGO kits and free-building with our ever-growing collection of bricks. Each type of building fosters a different type of learning – both valuable and necessary to raising great kids.
and LEGO Friends.
Using New Netflix LEGO Shows to Inspire Creativity in Writing
While some will argue that watching The LEGO Movie or LEGO TV shows on Netflix doesn’t foster creativity, I would have to disagree.
Creativity is so multi-faceted that it’s not only difficult to narrow down, but it really shouldn’t be viewed through a single lens. I see my kids watch LEGO Friends, and then use their LEGO Friends characters to act out the episodes they’ve watched. And then I watch them expand the story.
One of the best techniques I had for inspiring reluctant writers to write when I taught in the classroom, was to take a well-loved story and create a new ending, add onto the story, or rewrite it from a new perspective. Having the flexibility in thinking to take an existing story to the next level is a great way to scaffold new creatives.
Using LEGO Kits to Creatively Teach Skills and Concepts
Using LEGO kits – from mainstream ones like Bionicle, Friends, City, and Creator to the more mechanical like Technics, We-Do, and Mindstorms – can teach kids all manner of subjects. They learn construction skills, following directions, cause and effect, and task completion.
But, kids can also learn about simple machines, basic programming, mechanical advantage, and so much more.
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Then, those kiddos who were so actively engaged in their hands-on LEGO learning, will be more likely to not only remember what they learned, but to build off of it. They may make improvements to their creations, build larger and more secure structures, or even take what they learned about simple machines and improve their treehouse by adding a dumbwaiter operated by a multiple pulley system.
Using LEGO bricks to Inspire Creativity in Problem Solving
Free-building with random pieces of LEGO can take kids from the building basic structures, to creating complex architectural designs. They can then use that and scaffold into divergent thinking – a powerful creative problem solving skill – and figure out what to switch around to made a building more structurally sound. Or to withstand the force of a hurricane. Or to accommodate other terrain challenges.
The next time your kiddos are begging you to take out the box of LEGO bricks you have hiding in the attic, encourage them to be creative and try solving a world problem through their brick designs.
You never know where their imagination will take them.
And, if you’re looking for more creative writing inspirations using LEGO characters, check out these other great LEGO shows on Netflix:
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