Easter celebrations are almost upon us. Every year I work with the boys to find creative ways to share the story of Jesus’s suffering, death, triumphant resurrection and ultimate ascension. This year, Legos seemed like the perfect resource to use. Here’s how the boys shared the Easter story using Legos.
Inspired by some of the concepts we’ve been learning in our FIRST Jr. FLL Lego League, ever so often I present the boys with a challenge to create a model of something using Lego bricks. I give them the rules and guidelines and they execute utilizing the *5-step engineering design process:
- Ask (what are the rules & guidelines?)
- Imagine (brainstorm time!)
- Plan (create a draft using drawings and/or words)
- Create (build the model)
- Improve (tweak it!)
*More details on what the engineering design process entails, here.
When the model is completed, it goes on a special display in our family room. So far, they’ve done a Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day model. Last week I gave them some guidelines and challenged them to create a depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus. We started off by listening to this great dramatic rendering of Psalm 22 (because we are studying that scripture this Easter). Then we watched the following videos for inspiration.
After that, they scurried downstairs to their Lego workshop to brainstorm and finish the assignment. Here is the model they created for Easter.
They don’t really have all the fancy Lego bricks so they improvise using what they have. The goal, in this case, is that they are using their thinking skills and imagination to reinforce a biblical truth…and guess what?? They’re having fun doing it, so it doesn’t even feel like “school”. Herein lies the ah-mazingness of Legos! Love it!
They have a tons of fun creating the models for the different challenges I give them, they’re favorites however, are the ones that they can totally just go bonkers with – you know, the ones with fire-breathing dragons and one-eyed robots! If you’ve got boys, you know what I mean. Gotta love ’em. 🙂
- 30 days in Psalm 22, this Psalm is such a blessing my life right now, taking time to marinate in the word is so critical to spiritual growth and the folks at Doorposts do a great job preparing these FREE studies. It’s not too late to get started on this 30 day journey in the word, join us, you won’t regret it!
How’s your Easter shaping up?