Sunday, May 2, 2010

Legos Make Poetry Fun

Today I saw this idea for a Lego birthday party invitation on LMNOP.
Cute, yes?

 And while the original idea is awesome, my Lego obsessed child is not having another birthday until next year sometime, and right now, I'm obsessed with poetry.  So, I modified and made Poetry Legos.

I was in a big hurry to try it out today, so the end result could've been prettier than my examples shown here. (Handwritten, crooked labels...) Anyway, the most important thing is that my kids loved them and played with them for almost an hour.  My six year old had fun making simple rhymes, and my four year old thought it was hilarious to make towers and have us read the nonsensical sentences he created.

A few notes...

I used blank adhesive address labels, which I cut to size.  (Obviously roughly.)  You could type or stamp these, or write right on the Lego with Sharpie.  I was nervous that my idea wouldn't work, and I didn't want to ruin a bunch of Legos, so I went the label route.

I consulted these directions for making magnetic poetry.  It's the same concept, which made it easier to choose words without having to think too hard.

Do make sure to put pairs of rhyming words on different bricks, since kids are likely to want to use them both in one poem.

I made a few phrase bricks, just in case they got stuck.  "There once was a..."  "who ate a..." 

Let me know if you try this.  I would love to see your cute creations!


The Book Chook said...

This is such a simple but effective idea - I love it. Also, I thought your kids might like this vid of Michael Rosen reciting his poem, Boogy Woogy Buggy -

Erin said...

Book Chook, Thanks so much for the comment and the youtube suggestion! I'll check it out!

Jen said...

Great idea! You've inspired us this week to read more poetry. My girls- Laugh-eteria by Douglas Florian. (humorous poems for kids)and for baby- My Very First Mother Goose. I even blogged about nursery rhymes today.

Thank you for your inspiration!


Erin said...

Thanks, Jen! I'll check out Laugh-eteria. I don't remember that one, but anything silly is a big hit around here. I love your post today! Great ideas for sharing nursery rhymes with babies and young toddlers.

Rachel said...

I LOVE this idea. Love IT!!

I have several Lego obsessed children myself.

Thanks for sharing.


Erin said...

Thanks for the comment, Rachel! Funny how Legos can make anything better!

Kitten Muffin said...

Hello! Thank you for commenting on my blog, so that I get to come and explore yours :)

My older daughter had a total block with rhyming until recently, so I think she'll really enjoy us adapting our set to add some more rhyming words now that she's figured it out.

Erin said...

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope the rhyming words work for your daughter. I know I’ll be adding some individual letters to our collection, like you did.

Deb Chitwood said...

What a fun way to inspire poetry writing! I featured your post and photo in my Free LEGO Printables and 70+ Lego Learning Activities at

Erin Wing said...

Thanks so much, Deb! Off to pin it now!

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