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Suggestions / Ideas for a kids building activity at church
I am hoping to solicit some ideas from the collective creativity and brainstorming power of this community. The children's minister at my church has planned several fun activities for kids this summer on Wednesday nights. One of them she is billing as a "LEGO" activity. She plans to tie in the Bible story about Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Because I am the resident LEGO AFOL at our church I'm being consulted on what to do. We are looking at filling about 45 minutes to an hour with building activities. There could be anywhere from 30-50 kids on the low end, to upwards of 100 if the word LEGO brings them out of the woodwork.
I have no problems utilizing some of my "inventory" to help with this. I have numerous bulk brick boxes with upwards of 10,000+ pieces that I would be willing to "loan" for the event. We were thinking about some free building time with small groups of the kids where we give them a challenge to build your best "X" model. Doesn't necessarily have to be Biblical themed, but that would be a bonus.
I had an idea to do a modular type build with maybe 2x10 plates with each end having a pin and hole with the middle part open and having the kids build a wall section and then put them together to see what kind of wall we get. Perhaps have some prebuilt corner sections to make the wall actually form a square or some other shape.
If anyone here has done anything similar I would love suggestions. Also, even if it's not Biblical themed, I welcome suggestions on activities to do with large groups of kids involving LEGO (not complicated activities). The event in July 6th, so I have some time to source extra pieces from Bricklink or eBay or where ever I need to.
So, whatcha got Brickset?