Anyone who knows us well or who has come to our house probably realizes we have a slight Lego addiction over here. And by that, I mean that at any given time there are likely Lego blocks on the floor in at least 2 rooms and they are actively being played with almost every single day. We also have a giant bin of them overflowing at this point. Given that, it surprised even me this week when I decided we needed more.
What brought this on, you say? I found the Lego Education website and learned about the sets available with motors and USB connections and the like. I never knew there were kits (aside from the robotics NXT one) that let kids add moving parts to their creations. After checking out all of the powered kits, I decided they were a bit pricey. I did however notice a kit that featured creations from the Lego Technic pieces. These models have moveable parts- pulleys, gears, rotating joints, etc., but no motors. It seemed like a good next step for us before moving on to powered models.
I did not purchase one of their kits in the end. Instead I found these cool books on Amazon (Lego Technic Books and “Cool Robots”) and bought a small set of Technic parts off of eBay. The books came right away and I was totally smitten with the Technic ones. The kids pounced on the “Cool Robots” one. They each headed off to find pieces for the robots they wanted to make.
I tried out a few gear formations while they built their creations.
Today we added some of the technic parts from our big pile to the ones we bought and I also pulled out our Klutz Lego Book. We made Lego tops and then competed at Lego “Skittles” 🙂