A while back, I was given this idea of having a "Lego" theme for one of our Atomic Fridays. The idea was sort of a cooperative effort among some of our teens who grew up playing with Legos. It was then I realized, I too grew up playing with Legos...perhaps every generation from now till the Lord comes back will grow up playing with Legos! So, I willingly took the challenge and came up with an activity for the night.
I'll give a general overview of what we did that night, but instead of giving too many details or instructions this week, I will mostly leave it up to you to decide how you'd like to conduct your "Lego Genius" activity. Following is what our group did that night, then I've provided you with a few more ideas:
-Race Cars. The youth group was divided up into 4 groups. Each group was given a different baggie full of Lego pieces. The Legos were pretty evenly distributed among the bags, but each bag included some very random, unique pieces along with the typical blocks one would expect to find. For our activity, each team was required to build a car using every piece in their bag. We provided wheels, having each team take turns using the same wheels in order to make it fair. We had built a ramp, and each team's car was put to the test on the ramp to see whose would go the farthest.
-Lego Puzzle. Before putting pieces into a bag, build your own object out of Lego pieces and take a picture. Then take the object apart and put the pieces in the bag. Have each team race to build the exact same object as in the corresponding picture.
-Mystery Creation. Have a contest and appoint judges to pick the team who creates the best object (from their own imagination), using every Lego piece in the bag.
-Speed Building. Have a list of objects (house, person, tree, etc.) to call out. Give each team a short time limit in which to build the object that you call out, using any or all of the pieces in their bag. When time is up, choose the winner, have them all disassemble their creation, and then call out another object for them to build.
Whatevery you decide to do, who cares? Everyone is playing with Legos and having a good time...and that is was counts!
Hope this idea is a blessing. Please share your comments or ideas concerning this activity or any others.