My kids are
in love with obsessed with LEGOS so anytime I can add them into a learning activity, I know it’s going to be a hit.
I wanted to find an easy way to incorporate STEM engineering skills into their building routine so I pulled together a batch of 31 cards that would challenge them to build replicas of famous landmarks from around the world. They’re perfect to use in STEM centers, makerspaces, or math stations.
Prepping the activity took just a few minutes. I printed the challenge cards on cardstock to give them extra durability and cut apart the pieces.
To help ensure that our set stayed together, I punched a hole in the upper lefthand corner of each card and bound them with a ring.
Since I wanted to sprinkle in a little geography into the activity, I printed the map and laminated it for easy reuse. Then I marked the four landmarks I was going to have the kids focus on that day: the White House, Eiffel Tower, the Giza Pyramids and Kukulcan Pyramid.
(Using a vis-a-vis marker on the lamination made it easy to wipe the map clean when we built our next set of landmarks later.)
I printed one planning sheet for each child and we were ready to begin!
Building Famous Landmarks
For this first day, I wanted the kids to work through the complete process of planning and designing their structure before diving into the LEGOS so I gave each of them a planning sheet.
Big Brother (age 6.5) completed the page on his own but I helped Middle Brother (age 5) by writing down the answers he dictated to me.
Once the boys had a solid plan in place, they started building their structures. Middle Brother built a replica of Kukulcan El Castilla.
While Big Brother worked on the Eiffel Tower.
The STEM challenge cards were as motivating as I’d hoped!