One of the really cool things about homeschooling, is being able to take pretty much anything, and turn it into a mini-unit or something educational. Occasionally, you can find something and just run with it.
One such example would be Legos. Of course Legos have become pretty common in STEM and STEAM activities now, and there is no shortage of Lego challenges, all of which are considered to be educational opportunities. Lego has even launched their own “education” program.
Here is a simple Lego challenge we have used. There are actually two pictured here with different challenge levels.
Before I get into the rest of this post, let me share with you these pictures of Handsome using Legos in his learning work.
Using Legos in education is not just limited to challenging older kids. Handsome uses Legos in developmentally appropriate ways, too. Stacking blocks is just one of those things that is extremely challenging for Handsome. His preference is to line them up side by side. This was quite a challenge for him, and as you can see, he was able to enjoy the finished product.
My other boys have used Legos to build a lot of different things in our homeschool. Here are a few more examples.
These are pictures taken of Junior’s “Birth of Jesus” Lego challenge.
These are pictures taken of Captain’s “Empty Tomb” Lego challenge.
These are two different “Jericho” challenges, one a Lego challenge, the other is a general building challenge.
Here is a link to the stop motion video of Jericho that my boys made.
So anyways, all that being said, just so I could tell you about the latest Lego learning opportunity that I decided to look into. Since we are studying the westward expansion in our US history study this year, I thought I would look up a western themed Lego set. Not necessarily to have a pre-built set, but so they could utilize things like log-looking bricks or rustic western items. Well, said Lego set does exist, but it is about 20 years old. So you can imagine the sticker shock on the price, right?
In case you can’t imagine what an unopened 20-year-old Lego set costs, here, look for yourself…. not an affiliate link.
In case you’re lazy like me and didn’t open the link, allow me to just tell you what mysterious conundrum awaits you at the other end of that link. It’s $499.95 + $6.99 shipping.
Ok. Let me just count all the ways that ye olde tyme Lego set offends me.
I’m not even going to waste my time boycotting and denouncing over the actual cost of the toy. $499? Seriously? Is it made of gold? Will it fix dinner for me? Will it clean toilets?
What really bothers me about that price, is the $6.99 shipping tacked on afterwards. I mean SERIOUSLY? Lego can’t throw in the cost of shipping for this product after you just paid $500 for it? I say you, because it most certainly won’t be me buying it. I have a sneaking suspicion that you won’t be buying it either.
Well, well, well…I guess we will just stick to the E in the STEM and creatively come up with our own westerny look to the Oregon Trail forts. Too bad though, because the logs, wagon wheels, even the old top hat would have been really cool additions to our project.
So I’m offended. Maybe I should start my own march and public protesting–demand free Legos and for Lego to absolve any debts incurred from purchasing their products. While we’re at it, somebody should be fired from their job that has absolutely nothing to do with any of this. I demand that someone be removed from their position….oooh, I could think of a lot of people, but let’s save that for another day.