Hello, my building enthusiasts! The theme for the first two weeks of May is “Bugs!”… with a little twist. The architecture firm Foster and Partners published a really cool set of printouts so that you can build your own paper city. It is so cool that I almost changed this month’s theme to have something to do with cities… but then had an idea! I am starting a video series called Science Story Time, and this month’s story involves bugs of the tiniest kind, but for this challenge, what if we made the bugs big enough to take over a city? Well, a paper city, that is. Or perhaps your bugs will be good and helpful, like in the book Dinotopia? If you are able to print from home, print out the buildings and assemble them.. then build some awesome bugs to take over the town! To build the bugs, use Lego, K’nex, Duplo, Magnatiles or whatever other building set you have at home. As you can see from the above picture, my kids and I had some fun with this project today. I only tried the house models, but there were some cool looking block pieces that I’m going to make next. It took a bit of patience to fold and glue everything just right, but we had a blast doing it. If we keep working on this, I’ll update the photo when it is done.
If you can’t print out the houses and building parts and you still want to participate, then construct your buildings out of whatever you have at home… old boxes, construction paper, other building sets. There are no limits to what you can do with this or how you have to do it. Use your imagination!
You may also submit builds that do not follow the theme. If you have built it and are proud of it, show it off! I would love to see what you have done, and I’m sure your friends would love to see it, too!
When you are done, take a picture and submit it to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include:
- your first name
- your age
- indicate if your creation is a general submission or a themed submission
- the title of your creation (you can include a description if you would like)
Here are some Lego bugs that other people have built just to get your imagination going: