Lego Land

One of the big reasons we went to Florida was to check out Lego Land. It was ridiculously expensive, but it was a perfect fit for our kids. The Lego structures everywhere you look are fantastic and the rides, especially the coasters, were just right for our kids’ thrill-seeking level as well as their waiting in line tolerance level. The lines were incredibly short!

Mini- land was incredibly detailed and cool. The food was pretty good. We could have easily stayed a few more hours to see more, but the park closes at 5:00 in the winter.

Pirates

Book 4 of the Magic Tree House books is about Pirates, so we have been doing Pirate-y things.

The kids worked together with me to build a giant cardboard pirate ship and a rowboat from cardboard in the basement. It is based on some creations we saw on the internet along with one of my daughter’s drawings. They also made weapons, dug out costumes, and started thinking up the plot for a pirate play we will write.

We played Pirate-y games.

We learned about pirate words and about maps.

There was pirate art.

There were pirate books and magazines.

Pirate websites.

We saw videos about maps.

We got to play pirate mini-golf!

And we got to see Lego pirate ships!

My daughter liked seeing the British uniforms.

We also listened to Treasure Island on audiobooks as well as a pirate Geronimo Stilton book.

We watched all 4 Pirates of the Carribean movies.

We also saw a History Channel production about pirate ships and some of the most famous pirates.

COSI

A friend posted a link on Facebook a while back about a Lego Kingdom exhibit At COSI in Columbus. We headed down to check it out with some friends.

While the pre built Lego displays were really cool, the hands on parts were not that exciting for my kids as we own tons of Legos. Lucky for us, the rest of the museum was great and they found lots to explore and do. The 5 kids checked out the “Adventure” puzzle exhibit while us adults had some time to chat. Inside were obstacle courses and codes and helpful volunteers. All of the kids came out jumping and happy and wanting to try it again sometime.

We had beautiful weather to hit the courtyard.

The “Space” section was well done, especially the remote control rovers and mechanical arms. The kids worked together to gather up little balls.

We saw how particle size changed the way iron bits were affected by magnets. The nano particles acted like a liquid, flowing in blobs and jumping from one magnet to another.

The kids were happy to make fun of the things us “old” people grew up with in the section on the past.

We stayed till closing time and then headed out for dinner and then back to the hotel for a swim.

Lego Church

My daughter is continuing to play out her feelings about my grandmother’s death. Last night she built a church out of Legos complete with a cross, pews, fancy windows, an alter, and a priest. At one point she even had 2 minifigures holding the offerings with a little cup and plate as well as a casket. She put those away for now.

Late Night Lego

My daughter loved making the polymer clay Legos and made a bunch of little animals. It turned out to be a bit of a science experiment after all as some of the Legos shrunk just enough during baking to not fit onto other Legos or baseplates. Baking them already stacked on another piece seemed to remedy the situation.

She then moved on to making another Lego board-game, this time with a ship wreck theme. There are lots of sea monsters and bad guys to take away your life meter studs. There are also moving pieces on the board to move your guys around. The throne set-up is for the ruler of the underwater world.

Polymer Clay Meets Lego

Hello Lego, this is polymer clay. Wanna be friends?

My daughter was dreaming up new Legos to go with her room…squirrels, hedgehogs, trees, birds, etc. and was lamenting them not being available. Since Legos are made of opaque plastic and thus might handle 250 degrees and since we love polymer clay, the marriage of the two seemed possible. After a test case to see if the plastic would melt or off gas nasty stuff, we moved ahead full steam. 🙂