Lego activities were rolling around in my brain while I was planning this week’s Lego Lessons. When this activity popped into my head I knew it would be a perfect fit for my “thinker” (AKA Big M). He loves to see how things work, he just has to figure out the whys of everything.
When Big M gets a new Lego set he immediately follows the instructions provided. Once he’s examined their version, he rips it apart and uses those pieces to create a new structure. After a couple redesigns all of those Lego’s go into the Lego Bin and will eventually be used to make whatever brilliant Lego structure Big M envisions.
My idea? Why not figure out how to make some home made Lego instructions?
How to make Home Made Lego Instructions
We used this traffic signal that Big M put together a week or so before. Isn’t it cool? I love what he builds.
I had him examine one of his Lego instruction books. We talked about how the instructions show the readers what they are supposed to do. Big M decided how he wanted to set up his Lego instruction booklet and we got started.
Big M arranged the pieces and I snapped the pictures.
Then it was my turn to get creative. I worked a little magic on the computer using Picasa. (I never know how much detail I should give on the computer stuff. If you want to know how I did it exactly… leave me a comment and I can give more of an explanation!)
I added stickers (to make the pictures look evenly spaced) and numbers using PicMonkey. (This was before PicMonkey and the fancy collage feature. You can easily make the entire thing using PicMonkey.)
This Lego activity ended up even better than I planned. Big M loved it so much he’s been talking about it non stop! Of course, since my kids are used to the “blogging life” they insiste d that I make their instructions printable… you know so other kids can use them.
Big M’s Traffic Signal Instructions
Little M’s Boat Instructions
More Lego Fun