LEGO TAKES PRIDE OF PLACE IN MOST QUEENSLAND KIDS’ TOY COLLECTIONS, AND NOW IT’S TAKING PRIDE OF PLACE IN THEIR CLASSROOMS AS WELL.
Once upon a time, playing with LEGO was strictly an after-school activity-these days, however, more and more schools are realising the value of the beloved bricks in education. It turns out, they’re worth their weight in gold.
BrickResales founder Judy Friedman says her Brisbane – based business (that deals in pre-loved LEGO) has seen a recent spike in schools chasing the famous bricks for classroom lessons. And there’s a new emerging trend: lunchtime social LEGO clubs.
“LEGO has a way of bonding kids through play,” Judy says. “While the fine motor skills and STEM-type educational benefits of LEGO are known, there are many social and emotional aspects to LEGO building that educators are seeing as benefiting kids of all ages.”
Among these, LEGO has a way of being an ice-breaker among shy kids who build together and it can teach teamwork, communication skills and persistence while encouraging problem solving and creativity. LEGO has been shown to develop children’s conflict resolution skills and procedural processes while also used successfully in behaviour management.
St Kieran’s Primary School Brighton principal Ben Gray says his school has thoroughly embraced the world’s most popular plastic bricks, using them in the classroom to teach lessons in construction, design and how to execute ideas as well as in the school’s social/ emotional program. Around 40 students also attend his school’s extra-curricular lunchtime LEGO club every day.
“You tip out a basket of LEGO and just watch it break down walls,” Ben says. “From the moment the kids put their hands on it, the ideas start flooding in. I love seeing our bigger kids helping the little ones with their LEGO builds too.”
Ben says BrickResales’ preloved LEGO bricks and components allowed schools to access bulk LEGO cheaply, while also appealing to his school’s desire to teach sustainable practices.
“BrickResales’ whole ethos sits close to us,” Ben says. “As a school we are looking at more sustainable processed for now and into the future which is why we love the idea of utilising preloved LEGO. It’s a win-win.”
So where can you source this magical learning tool? BrickResales offers quality preloved LEGO via regular community events and online. They’re also a proud supporter of charity including Gold Coast-based ‘RizeUp Australia’, Scout groups, 120 Homestead and various school chaplaincy programs. The BrickResales crew has donated in excess of $50,000 to date. Nice work!
Source: Haven - LEGO In Education