Writing Stories with Legos

When our kids play with Legos, they are building a story whether they realize it or not. Writing stories with Legos turns their imagination into a valuable learning experience. With a few guided questions from you, they can turn a day of play into a storybook!

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Post it notes, random notebooks here and there, apps on the phone and iPad, all contained bits and pieces of a Lego story. It all started with a day of play. It ended with a lego story. From a girl who hated to write. 

How to turn a day of playing with legos into a storybook:

1. Create
Create the scene. As your child creates the scene, encourage her to think of a story.

2. Play
That’s all – just play!

3. Question
Your questions will take your child deeper into the story (writing) process.
Setting: How did the lego person get here? Who lives here? What would be surrounding
this? What animals are here?
Characters: Tell me about the person. What happened to the person before this sceene? What is the person’s favorite (color, animal, food, holiday…)? What will happen to the person in the story?
Plot: What happens in the story? As they tell the story, ask questions that will clarify and bring out details. If the action points of the story don’t flow, ask questions to lead the child to realize something doesn’t fit. Make suggestions if they just aren’t getting it.

4. Outline
Either you or your child makes a basic outline of the major points of the story. This helps keep them on track.

5. Picture
Create the different scenes of the story, taking pictures after each one. Before you make a new scene, make sure the picture is clear and has good quality.

6. Write
Write the story as you are creating the scenes. If your child is a struggling writer, use a speech to text app to help get the story on paper. When your child is on a roll, don’t stop writing to make new scenes. Let your child set the stage on the writing and scene building – as long as the story gets written.

7. Create
Don’t forget to edit! After the writing is ready, put the story and pictures together, then print!

Writing with Legos

You can use anything to capture the imagination of a child. Finding something they are excited about is key to getting stories on paper. Recently I witnessed that struggling learner, who found it difficult to write more than a few sentences at a time, write a 32 page book to go along with lego scenes. Such a proud moment. Do you have a struggling writer? Time to get out the legos!

31 Days of Teaching Fun With Legos

This post is a part of the 31 Days of Teaching Fun With Legos here at Proverbial Homemaker! Check out all the other great posts in the series!


This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Cat @ MaryMarthaMama

    I love this idea! Pinning it to use when my son is a little older. I’m looking forward to checking out your whole lego series as he is just starting to get into legos and there really is so much you can do with them. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Tauna

      I’m so glad! Hope you have as much fun as we are with it. 🙂

    2. Kimberly Vogel

      Legos are not only fun but a great tool to use in so many ways to promote learning!

  2. Gloria

    Yes! My sons have done just that! You can see their book, The Envoy on our website. Great post! Loved it!

    1. Kimberly Vogel

      Gloria, What an incredible book! That must have taken so long to create! Very impressive. And your website – what a fun household and learning environment! 🙂

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