Last weekend I visited The Hive Conference for Bloggers. One of the sessions that I attended was with Lego Duplo. I came away from there full of inspiration. I have been thinking about doing something special with my 4 year old, because in a family of 4 children, number three seems to draw the short straw.
Lego Duplo gave each attendee a little Mini Make to take away. I came home and built the heart with Riley. She loved having her own time with me and enjoyed building the heart. We went on to make many more hearts, using up all the appropriate pieces from our box of Duplo.
Riley then went on to build her own models whilst having a discussion with me.
My two older children used to build with Lego almost every day. My son was particularly fascinated with building. Thinking back, I had taught him, in the very beginning how to follow the build instructions. I realised that Riley needed that too. We discussed how she would follow the drawing, row by row, from the bottom to the top to achieve the build. Riley just needed me around now in the beginning to scaffold her learning. To help her achieve the tools that will lead to further making and creating. These Mini Makes are perfect for this task.
Then I thought that this is what most little children need in the beginning until they have developed the skill. That is how this Saturday virtual club came to be. We will share instructions for a Mini Make every Saturday for you to enjoy with your children. The first one is the heart from the conference, which is apt, we think, because we love it.
The older children got caught up in the enjoyment of building too. They built mini hearts with Lego and made a wall hanging.
Riley and I would love to see your makes. So please share it on social media with #minimakeswithlegoduplo