“MoooooooooOOOOOOoooooom! I’m BORED.”
So it’s holiday break time in the Worthington household, and that means 5 boys out of school… 5 energetic and rambunctious boys who don’t enjoy being cooped up inside when the weather isn’t cooperating.
YouTube to the rescue! In addition to cute animal videos and makeup tutorials and people trying to find their 15 minutes of fame, YouTube is loaded with clever people sharing their “recipes” for awesome Lego hacks.
The best thing about these videos is that they spark creativity; kids start looking at the lego pieces in a different way.
They learn a new way to use a Lego piece, and quickly come up with a few new ones themselves. You can almost see their imaginations taking off right before your eyes.
Entire worlds open up when kids start looking at their Lego pieces in new ways.
Here are a few my kids have particularly liked recently:
1. How to Build a Lego Turntable with Speakers.
For the budding DJ who needs two turntables and a microphone (and speakers and mixing board!), this instructional video lays out exactly how to create a DJ setup, from beginning to end.
2. STRIKE! How to Create a Lego Bowling Alley.
Complete with “working” ball return? The beauty of this one is that kids can build more than one and have bowling tournaments right in their own home.
3. Building a Home. A Complete and Realistic Home.
A real estate agent’s delight…a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with attached garage, formal dining and living rooms complete with a white picket fence. This video doesn’t give specific instructions as to how to build the house, but it is so detailed and solid it’s sure to inspire.
4. Tutorial in Joining Two Adjacent Walls.
Might not sounds super alluring, but the fundamentals are important. So to make sure those walls in the house are stable, this video shows how to secure two adjacent walls with a seamless finish. It also illustrates how even basic pieces can have unexpected uses.
5. Lego Creators Show How to Create Easy to Make Birds.
This video is from Lego designers themselves, which is cool in and of itself. It shows how to easily create a variety of birds, from a woodpecker to an eagle with only a few pieces each.
How do you keep your kids entertained when they are stuck inside?