The Lego Workshop

The Lego and "Story Table" Workshops use the same principle to engage and teach: student construct, then retell the Bible story using props (figurines, Legos, etc).  In the past, these workshop ideas have been called "Diorama" and "Construction" workshops. 

They are a particularly fun and "different" kind of workshop in the Rotation Model. 

Lego table dramas can be as simple or elaborate as time and student ability allow. 

There are many reasons why we like "Lego" workshops:

  1. Kids and adults love to build with Legos.
  2. Legos scale nicely between 1st and 6th graders.
  3. Construction focuses their mind's attention. It's the fine-motor skills that do it!
  4. Construction can foster cooperative behavior.
  5. Legos have a cool factor. 
  6. Many church members have Legos to donate!  They can also be purchased in bulk online.
  7. Creating the scene of a story helps student Imagine and better remember the story, and consider details they may not have noticed by simply reading or hearing the story. .
  8. Lego characters are POSABLE. In addition to conveying action and reaction in the story.

Whether you're constructing one Bible story scene, or splitting into groups and creating several different scenes in a story, their Lego creations are personal ("I made that") and they are shareable ("let me tell you the part of the story I constructed").

Here are some photos from State Street UMC's Elijah rotation

Different groups took different parts of the Elijah story, which they had been studying that month, recreated and then retold the story in Legos.

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Do you recognize Elijah's story above? 
Hint: Notice the fallen characters and blue border.
Answer at the end of this post.

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Elijah calls Elisha to service. Elijah eats dinner with Elisha and his family.

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Answer to the first photo:
1 Kings 18:  Elijah and the Prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel.
Elijah had them pour water on his bull and God sent down fire.

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Wonderful idea!

And if you don't have families donating outgrown Lego (or the bigger Duplo blocks for preschool classes), search for Lego Education products. They are large quantity classroom packages.  For example, amazon.com has this one with 1,000 pieces for $59.95.

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Bible Lego pieces, kits

Legos are expensive, but there are many "compatible" "brick" building sets available at retailers like Amazon. Check out "Big Bag of Bricks" from SCS Direct. 1000 pieces for $30, and a stack of building "plates" for under $20. Fit well with any original Legos you may have.

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"Trinity Toyz" makes several Bible themed "Lego compatible" brick sets. They aren't cheap, but their pieces can be used for many different stories. (For example, the Moses posable character can be used as a Prophet or God in another story.)  

Trinity Toyz building brick set can be found on Amazon, and at retailers like Wal-Mart. They can also be found on Trinity's parent site "Imex Models,"  http://www.imex-model.com/cate...52/Trinity-Toys.html

nativity-trinitytoyzTrinity Toyz The Last Supper Toy Block Set

Ourpicnictree.com, an LDS toy company, makes lego-compatible Bible figures and sets.

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Lego company website: shop.lego.com

Generic "Lego Compatible" "brick" building sets can also be found online and are usually less expensive than buying original Legos.

For the serious Lego-er, you can actually build your own posable "Minifigs" (mini-figures in Lego vocabulary). Select hair, face, torso, clothing, even print a message on them.  It's a UK company but shipping isn't expensive. http://minifig.fab-bricks.com/



Online Images for Building Ideas:  

The Bricktestament.com was the original Lego Bible stories webpage. It's okay for adults to preview for ideas, but not for children (this caution is included on the webpage). Lots of Old and New Testament stories told with Legos. The author of the site has since launched "The Brick Bible" site with better photos of the story projects, and improved captions. Still, this is for teachers to gather ideas and not for children.

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Videos of Lego "Brick" Bible stories

...created by churches/individuals

YouTube has quite a lot of them -but they are of varying quality. Search YouTube for "Lego Bible stories for children." Here's a quick list.  Many are suitable for showing to your kids to get their creative juices flowing.

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Where to buy hard to find individual Lego or Duplo pieces

To purchase individual Lego pieces I don't have in my Lego bucket, like the Chef's hats I wanted to make Lego Priests as shown below, I order them from www.bricklink.com

The site is made up of individual sellers of new and used Lego, you can search for the individual piece you need and it will state how many each seller has on hand, should you require more than one. 

As for cost, the Cook's Toque (Hats) cost me 29 cents each U.S. funds.  The shipping was $2 (note the shipping covered my entire order of 51 pieces (other pieces where heads & hair - male & female) my total order came to $30.11 U.S., which included $2 for shipping.  Note that I found all the items I needed from one specific seller.

Once on the www.bricklink.com website here's how to find and order.

For this example I'll go through the steps of finding the Cook's Toque (Part #3898):

  • in Search box enter either -  item name or Item # - enter Cook's Toque.
  • 3 items will be found - click on this one
    Minifig, Headgear Hat, Cook's [Toque)Minifig, Headgear Hat, \ook's (Toque)
    Minifig, Headgear : 3898
  • a list of sellers should come up, if not click on the tab that says "Items for Sale".
  • scroll down to bottom of page where it says 25/page - change to 200/page (nothing will happen yet).
  • scroll up to Sort-lowest price - and change to -Highest Qty.
    It will now list sellers with their stock on hand.
  • scroll down until you find someone located in the U.S. or Canada with the Qty you need.
    Note: each seller has a minimum buy $ amount, some none (all prices in U.S. funds).
  • To order - In my case I scrolled down looking at the Canadian suppliers and checked who had the best price and the quantity I required in stock. 
  • Then click view this takes you to that suppliers store (inside bricklink).
  • under add to cart - click up arrow until you get the qty you want, then click the green "Add Items to Cart".
  • on the left are other items this particular supplier has available, broken into catergories. 
  • once you've finished adding your item(s) to your cart.  Click on cart and place your order.
  • payment is through PayPal.
  • you will get an email from bricklink and an email from the seller when they've shipped it.

Sometimes if I can't find an item, as I'm not certain of the item part # or name, here's what I do.

  • either do a google search or go to the Lego website and find a set with the piece you are looking for in it.  Then write that set item number down.
  • go back to bricklink.com and search for that set. 
  • Once you find the set, click on it, then on the tabs click on "Set Inventory" this will list all the pieces in that set.  Find the item number of the piece you are looking for and do a search again using that item number.

Making Lego Priests

Lego Priest 2

Here's how I made the priests:

  • Chef hat  (item # 3898 - Cook's Toque)
  • Head Yellow
  • Torso White
  • Arms White
  • Hands Yellow
  • lower body (two choices)
    a) 2 - 1 x 2 White bricks1 x 2 White Lego Brick
    b) White Hip and White LegsLego Hip & Leg Piece
  • "Breastplate of 12 Stones" for the High Priest
    Create by attaching small jewel stickers to Torso (chest). 
    Stickers purchased at Michaels called "Bling Stickers by Recollections, UPC 886946298097.  They were great as they were already 3 across, so I just cut out a piece 4 rows high, remove the backing and stick directly  to  center of the chest.

 
A lot of bible stories have priests or high priests in them, such as:

  • Moses - Aaron (Tabernacle)
  • Joshua (Fall of Jericho)
  • Zechariah
  • Simeon-Jesus presented at the Temple
  • several Easter stories
  • to name a few....

 

This post was moved here from the Story Table forum.


Man Let Down Through the Roof - Lego Stretchers

- info to purchase from www.bricklink.com see this post.

I found a supplier with "Green Utensil Stretchers" for .. $0.67 U.S. eachLego Stretcher Lego People

 

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