If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook, you have seen our Legoland pictures! Before I share our favorite parts of Legoland, I wanted to share our preparation for Legoland. When we were graciously gifted tickets by Legoland, I immediately began our “prep work”. I was too excited to wait. Since we are #raisingreaders, I’m always looking for any opportunities to incorporate books into our lives. And while you may not think you can initially combine books with Legos, YOU CAN! In fact, it is a great collaboration. I wanted to share what we did to get ready for our day at Legoland!
I have such fond memories of spending hours and hours playing with Legos with my brothers and sisters. We built entire communities (and even people!) with Legos. With buckets of Legos at our disposal, my brothers and sisters and I would crowd around to create buildings, vehicles, and even people! Now that my kids can safely play with Legos without swallowing them, giving them legos to see what they decide to create was just the tip-of-the-iceberg for me. My kids are also well-acquainted with the Lego movies, and we have loved watching those films as a family. But, with our Legoland trip in mind, I knew it was time to do more.
Legoland is all about riding rides and seeing characters from the Lego Movies and shows. But, long before there were hilarious movies and TV shows or fun rides, Legos were multicolored blocks that inspire kids to be innovative builders, designers and architects. So, of course, that is how we prepared for Legoland.
When I’m introducing a new idea to my kids, I gather the books and then we hunker down. I never say, “Hey Kids! Let’s learn about architecture!” We just read the books. I’m always amazed by how much they soak in.
Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids was really a book we just flipped through it. It was a little over their heads age-wise, so we just looked at the pictures.
Roberto the Insect Architect is a fabulous book about a termite who has the dream to build incredible buildings. He is heavily criticized for his dreams, but he never gives up. My kids loved reading this one. I mean, who wouldn’t? It has bugs!
How to Build a Museum tells all about the planning, building, and design of the Smithsonians’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. What an INCREDIBLE BOOK. There was such much information and detail. I was ready to pack up and go to Washington DC just to visit the Museum!
Iggy Peck, Architect is one of the best books we’ve ever read. I LOVE how to Andrea Beaty weaves in rhythm, science, and the never give up attitude.
Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site is the perfect bedtime story for sharing a construction themed book. If your kid loves tractors, Good Night, Good Night Construction Site is AMAZING.
After we read those books, we grabbed some graph paper and markers and designed on paper what we wanted to build with Legos. My son especially impressed me with building a jet ski, a floating device and a fidget spinner.
I loved seeing my kids get excited and explore with building and design. This is why Legoland is perfect for families who are raising readers. We spur on activities, fun, and engagement of new adventures through the power of books. Then, we take it a step further by bringing our kids to fun places like Legoland that show them the depth of possibilities. At Legoland, they really get to see the vast possibilities and they see it all through play!
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