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Our Lego Faith Building Club

I have done a Lego Faith Building Club for 3 summers now.  We met once a week, on a Wednesday evening, and included a theme/Bible story and snack time.  It has evolved from all summer long (too long) to just six weeks (still a bit long) to dinner first, family-oriented, parents-stay-and-visit-or-build-alongside-their-kids, including toddlers.  

This summer with dinner was our best attendance yet.

I found a few wonderful free resources online that I share now with you here.  These can get you thinking of how to incorporate Legos into any Bible story.

http://nephilimtheremnants.com...o-curriculum-launch/  --a webpage that features links to the Faith Builders Curriculum I have used parts of. Note: The site is also the lesson writer's site for a book they wrote and I have no opinion of.

In their Faith Builders Lego curriculum packet you can find:

  • 10 Bible Study Lessons + Lego Build
  • Photos of Projects to Build
  • Letter to Leader + Helpful Tips
  • Bookmark for Students
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Weekly Memory Verse Cards
  • Insert Invitation & Poster Design

 

Another gifted writer, Danyelle Ditmer, found these lessons and fleshed them out further with this wonderful lesson set:   https://littlepeoplebigword.co...4/01/faith-builders/  


Some other internet resources, but these are not free:

http://teachsundayschool.com/legolessons.html  18 Bible lessons using Legos. $9 instant download. This book has a lot of great ideas in it, including:

LEGO Brick Build-a-Scene Plays: For the Plays, you’ll build the scene and tell the tale, moving the little pieces about. All scenes are easy! Beginners are welcome!

  • Unmerciful Servant
  • The Good Samaritan
  • House on the Rock
  • The Great Banquet
  • Faithless Servant
  • The Prodigal Son

LEGO Brick Group Building Projects: For the Building Projects, kids will work together to create the scene or some of the elements from a given parable. This will build teamwork and unity!

  • Speck in Your Brother’s Eye
  • Let Your Light Shine
  • Take Up Your Cross and Follow
  • Treasure Hidden in a Field
  • The Lost Sheep
  • The Unclean Spirit
  • The Fig Tree

LEGO Brick Games: Finally, the five LEGO games will burn energy, generate thought, and have everyone smiling and laughing.

  • Wheat and the Tares
  • The Lost Coin
  • Blind Leading the Blind
  • The Strong Tower
  • The Narrow Gate

Also

https://www.proverbialhomemaker.com/?s=lego This homeschooling mom has a number of lesson sets, like Proverbs, Bible heroes, and seasonal sets (Christmas etc.)

 Another great resource is the book Building Faith Brick by Brick:  an imaginative way to explore the Bible with children by Emily Given.
(The link goes to her blog describing her six week LEGO class that led to the book.)


Have fun searching, and putting together some awesome Lego workshops!

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Thanks for kicking off this topic, Helga!

Additional Lego Lesson Ideas and  Resources



Bricktestament.com ....this is a rather famous site, but should be only viewed by adults looking for creative brick-building techniques for scenes and props in famous Bible stories. It was originally created by someone who took some comedic liberty with the stories.

YOUTUBE has a bunch of LEGO Bible Videos created by teachers, kids, and some budding film-makers. Search for "Lego + Your Bible Story" and a bunch will pop up.  These "shorts" could be used to kick off your lesson and inspire your creators.

You can also make your own LEGO videos quite quickly by using these three shortcuts:

1) Instead of the "stop-animation" seen in the YouTube videos, use rods to move characters as the camera is rolling (thin dowels work well). Use "Fun Tack" putty to quickly stick Lego characters to the rod and to stick props to the characters.

2) Video with your cellphone videocamera. Extend it at the end of a selfie-stick for greater mobility and to stay out of the way of the Lego-teers.

3) Assign someone to move the characters, someone to narrate the story, plus someone to provide sound effects. 

Thanks, Neil, these are fun ideas.  I've viewed some of those LEGO movies on YouTube and wondered how they did it.  I encourage anyone reading this to take some time to research LEGO Bible teaching ideas on the internet.  There are a lot more than we have listed here.  Just today I even found some LEGO VBS ideas.  But that is for another post!

Brick by Brick book We have used "Building Faith Brick by Brick" from Cokesbury - excellent & user-friendly!

Here's a photo:

Lego build - burning bush
They were working on Moses and the burning bush - if you look really closely you can see the burning bush on the Lego platform!  Actually had a flame in the collection of pieces!

They really enjoyed it - lots of "wondering" questions!

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Brick by Brick book We have used "Building Faith Brick by Brick" from Cokesbury - excellent & user-friendly!




Thanks Ruth Ann!

For all:   The woman who wrote that book Ruth Ann refers to has a BLOG ARTICLE that lists her typical lesson plan steps.

It's at https://www.buildfaith.org/bui...aith-brick-by-brick/

The Basic Method

Excerpts from Emily Given's blog article

1. Select Bible stories with action, adventure, blood, guts, drama, wonder, suspense, etc. (I often ask for suggestions from the children during the first session.)

(Skipped: 2-6 are some non-LEGO related lesson plan steps)

7. Introduce the story: Where can it be found?  Who wrote it?  When did it take place? Who are we going to “meet”?

8. Read the story.

9. Allow each child to fill a plastic bucket with Legos and then find a place in the room to work. (Floor work is best.)

10. Set the expectation that something from the story must be made before any other creations can be constructed.

11. Be available to answer questions, review the story, or help “stuck” children.

12. Establish a place for display.

13. One on one, listen to the stories the child wants to share about his/her work. (This is most effective if the whole group isn’t listening.)

14. Optional: take a photo of child with the creation.

15. Optional: story related snack (at beginning or end)

16. Invite each child to show his/her work to a parent/adult and have child share something from the story.

17. Hand out the Scripture citation on a small sheet so families can revisit the story during the week.

Neil Notes:
Perhaps it is found in her book, but what I don't see in her article is life application or "acting out" of the story using the LEGOS.  Simply assembling the story seems like just a good start.

Below I've copied one of their LEGO photos here in case the buildfaith website eventually stops showing it. It says it belongs to the church the author used to serve but I couldn't find it there. 
-Neil

Lego-Baptism-Buildingfaith.org

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