Lego Engineering

Here’s one of my favorite things about being a parent:

I get an excuse to play with a lot of awesome toys!

I didn’t play with Legos very often as a kid. I had a few sets, but I wasn’t really into following instruction manuals. That’s a sharp contrast compared to my two daughters (not to mention my wife). When they came out with Harry Potter legos my wife got hooked on collecting the Hogwarts set — and my girls got hooked along with her.

As with any sort of building toy, creativity is fostered through these amazingly intricate lego sets. They way more expensive than I think toys should be — although not so pricey as those Thomas the Tank engine jerks. Still, I must admit those Lego folks assemble a lot of details that help to create a unique miniature world.

Of course, one’s lego obsession can go beyond basic lego structures. For a while now, homeschoolers have been forming clubs that create lego robots and remote control lego vehicles. This educational craze is called Lego Engineering — and if you have a young one who is fascinated with mechanical engineering, construction, architecture, or robotics (or simply obsessed with legos) you should definitely check out their website:

http://www.legoengineering.com/

Last year, my younger daughter took a class with a homeschool mom and twelve other kids. They learned about how suspension bridges are constructed. How skyscrapers are built and torn down. And how submarines submerge. Along with every lecture, they built lego creations — each one incorporating the lessons of the day. It was a fun class. I think if the opportunity comes around again I’ll sign both girls up this time. Heck, I might just sign up myself!