Lego Ice Cream Shop

My daughter has been working on an ice cream shop made out of Legos for the past few days. It started off with her sorting out all the single studs for scoops of ice cream. Then she added cones, bowls, and cups. Her Lego animals got to try some first.

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Then my son’s Lego guys came and took off their weapons to sit and have some.

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And from there, it took off and she made toppings, a place for people to sit, and more.

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Her most recent addition is a drink machine with all different colors of drink buttons.

Entertainment Away From Home.

We walked to the local Target and made a trip out to a dollar store to pick up a few things to keep us occupied while in the hotel.

Legos, Play-doh, art stuff, a puzzle, and some cheap play sets did the trick.

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My daughter’s picks, LOL (she had the guy in the dollar store smiling):

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Also- hotels rock for our kids simply because they have a swimming pool and hot tub.

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Because we obviously don’t own enough Legos

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.

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I tried out a few gear formations while they built their creations.

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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” 🙂

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Lego Quest

One of our friends recently told us about a Lego blog for homeschoolers:
LegoQuestKids
This blog is written by a homeschooling mom who sets up “challenge” categories for kids to work on and then she posts pictures and commentary about their creations.

When we found it, there was still a day left for submissions on the current topic- Lego Playgrounds! Our kids decided to get right to it and dumped out the Legos to find the pieces they wanted.

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This led to my daughter finally mixing her Legos in with the rest of our collection 🙂 The kids then decided to build one combined playground incorporating some ideas from each of them.

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My son’s description:
“This playground has Harry Potter on the monkey bars, a slide, a rock wall, Indiana Jones and a few more guys on the benches, a bird in a birdbath, a place for motorcycles to be parked, and a merry-go-round. Indiana Jones has a gun in his hand. Don’t forget that there is a little froggy on the balance beam.”

Some Assembly Required

The other thing my daughter really, really, really wanted for her birthday was a large Lego set. She spends hours playing with Legos and was so excited checking out the sets on the Lego website. She seemed to like this medieval village set the best and I thought there would be lots of fun pieces for future use. Beyond the two buildings which open and close and have 2 levels inside, there are oxen, a cart, a horse, a frog, a food stand, apples, carrots, birds, a tree, fish, flowers, weapons, a treasure chest full of gold and jewels, lots of minifigs, and more!

J. and I have been getting up early to get the main buildings put together to give her on her birthday. She likes building the smaller stuff, but has no patience for the finicky bits! Good thing we did it in advance because almost every other piece of the buildings was either a single or double stud piece due to the intricate design.

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Pictures from her birthday morning are here!
She has been playing with the Lego set for 3 hours already!
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No- the stuffed fox isn’t new…Jacob gave it to her to sleep with last night and she brought it out to help unwrap stuff.

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