Your Next Lego Challenge!

The Bowman Library has a new addition for the LEGO Club. Recently we added a display case for LEGO creations and cards for a name, age, and description, so we’ll know the artist behind the creation!

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As mentioned in a previous blog post, LEGO is a wonderful way to build skills such as fine motor control, creativity, spacial awareness, and problem solving.

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Creating a Chinese Dragon

The last month has been full of some great LEGO creativity as our club members helped us celebrate the Chinese New Year, created homes for hibernation, and celebrated the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder by creating structures you may have found as a pioneer.

This coming week we’ll have a brand new challenge when we think of ways to stay warm for the winter. Our final February challenge on the 27th will be the world of Doctor Seuss, with zany homes, crooked roads, truffula trees and more.

So, stop by and join our LEGO Club at 4:30 on Monday. LEGO Club is free, designed for children ages 6 to 12, and meets every Monday afternoon at the Bowman Library.

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Developing Learning Skills Through LEGO

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, a space craft, sports complex, robot, or perhaps an enchanted forest! It’s anything you can dream, and a box of LEGO.

As technology expands its influence over the learning lives of our children there is a growing concern that certain critical learning skills may be neglected or delayed. In fact, in recent studies, it was found that children spend an average of six hours or more in front of screens every day, which is changing the way modern children connect with their environment.

The benefits or detriments of media and children may still be up for further study and debate, but most will agree on the importance of providing opportunities for a wide range of learning, including the type of hands on creative play that building blocks have supplied for generations.

Through the use of Lego, children can build skills such as fine motor control, creativity, spacial awareness, and problem solving.

15283972_10154880057123701_7539071710049022411_nHave you ever tried to pry apart a couple of tiny Lego blocks or get a block in just the right corner of a building? It’s a workout for the hands, building strength and hand-eye coordination.

Looking at a big, messy pile of blocks, can you dream of a playground, a haunted house, or perhaps a candy factory? Imagining and selecting blocks with a theme in mind can build creative IQ as well as visual spacial skills.

15094873_10154815328048701_3870160148369253213_nWhat about working in three dimensions? Blocks are a wonderful way to creatively link space in height, width, and length. If you have a door, how many more blocks do you need to build up a side frame before you can put a roof over the house? How long should the house be? Can you match up a roof with different angles to the blocks?

Suppose you have a couple of Lego tires and axles, but the front tires are larger than the back tires. You need to find just the right size and shape of a block to connect your axles so that your vehicle is balanced. You try one block but it’s not quite high enough. You’ll need to find a thin, flat block to get that extra height. This is a great exercise in problem solving techniques!

Of course, not every child has access to a wide variety of Lego blocks, and even for those who do, joining with other Lego enthusiasts is a wonderful way to include social and communication skills to the many benefits of Lego play.

Monday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30, children ages 6 to 12 are welcome to join the Bowman Library for their weekly Lego Club. Each week a theme will be introduced and the kids will brainstorm ways they can create something with that theme in mind.

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After they have completed their masterpiece, the children will have an opportunity to display their work through the week in the Bowman children’s department. At the end of the week, the blocks will magically disassemble and be ready for a brand new challenge.

Lego Club will start up again on January 9th and themes for the month will include:

  • Snow and ice sports, toys, or machines
  • Penguins and their habitats
  • Chinese New Year celebration
  • Places where animals hibernate

Even more great challenges are planned for February. Lego Club is a free program, so stop by and join us!

Lego Club Challenges In November

lego3Do you have a child who lives for Lego? Children ages 6-12 explore, create, and dream through Lego creations every Monday from 4:30-5:30 at the Bowman Library.

November 7th – Create a scene from your favorite book!

November 14th – We’ll monkey around by imagining the perfect play place for a monkey.

November 21st – Give thanks! Create something for which you are thankful.

November 27th – Dinosaurs! Real, imagined, or just plain silly. Make a dinosaur from Lego!

Join us every Monday to meet fellow Lego enthusiasts and explore new ideas to build.

Books and Blocks at Bowman Library!

We had our second installment of Books and Blocks at Bowman Library on October 13, 2014.  Our theme was “Turning Dreams into Reality,” revolving around what people wanted to be when they grew up.  Everyone seemed to have a great time and worked on wonderful representations of their future dreams!

Come join us this Monday, October 20, 2014!

We will be building our masterpieces to commemorate the Battle of Yorktown which occurred on October 19, 1781.

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Books and Blocks at Bowman Library!

On October 6, 2014, the Books and Blocks program began at Bowman Library.  This program involves a theme of the week taken from current events and then our young readers can build a LEGO project based on the theme.  The first week the theme was “Crime Scene Investigation.”  The television show, CSI, had a ten year anniversary recently and this theme was to commemorate the event.  Books and Blocks runs every Monday at 4pm at Bowman Library with the last program on November 24, 2014.,

Come hear our theme and use your imagination to build a LEGO masterpiece!

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